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Are Your Work And Home SECURITY At Risk Due To The Apps You Download?
By Dan Gabriel
Think about these questions?
How often do you download apps on your phone?
Do you download apps on your phone while at work?
Have you ever opened an app while at your place of employment?
Do you use work log in details for apps you download?
Don’t be surprised if your company’s IT department lets you do this because most companies have no idea about the threat.
Employers were asked, “How many apps do you think your employees are using?”
The cybersecurity firm, Imperva, conducted a survey of one of their banking clients.
The client was asked how many apps did they think their employees were using.
The bank believed the numbers to be between 75 to 100. The number was closer to around 800 apps. surprising the banking firm.
Why does this matter?
Most cloud based apps gain access to the camera, location, data and contacts on your phone.
This gives access to hackers, fraudsters, and spies confidential information for both businesses and personal identity.
Most people use their work log-in in to gain internal access to the company.
This costs the companies money
Big tech companies like LinkedIn, MySpace and Dropbox have suffered losses.
Average cost to a company for a breach is around 4 million dollars.
That is an average cost of $158 per stolen record.
Skeleton in the closet
Apps like Slack, Evernote, WhatsApp, and Dropbox can help make people do their jobs efficiently, but at what cost?
Many times employees aren’t aware if their IT department even approves these apps.
Data breach occurs more often now that many of these apps allows them to access the cloud server of the company.
Companies need to weigh the IT costs versus security risks as they determine what apps to allow their employees to use and what applications they choose to use for business.
Many companies vastly underestimate how many apps their staff use
Companies allowing their employees to bring their phone to work and use it is a mistake.
Companies lose control of their workforce and sensitive information because of this, especially when it comes to the apps.
Other threats to Corporate Security
Many apps have hidden malware.
Malware is any software used to disrupt computer operations.
Sometimes apps that are suppose to be a flash player or even a Bible app gain access to financial records and corporate bank accounts.
Could your work apps be allowing thieves to steal your firm’s data?
Companies need to take more notice of the apps their employees are using.
Employees need to consider the risks to their companies before downloading or using apps at work.
Even what seems to be innocent gaming, flashlight, or gps apps, could actually be exposing confidential information.
Plugging the leaks What security Measures can be put in place by businesses?
Make sure all corporate devices are encrypted.
Make clear to staff what corporate data can and cannot be shared with third-party apps.
Monitor what apps and data are being accessed on company networks.
Educate staff to identify risky behavior and how to spot phishing emails.
As we wait for the advertisements to finish, answer this question with another student.
Do you think your cell phone has ever been hacked?
Why do you believe this?
Are Hidden applications downloaded to your phone?
How do you know?
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