SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- RSA -- Appthority, the leader in enterprise mobile app risk management, today announced the release of its new Q1 2016 Enterprise Mobile Threat Report with mobile app risk research from the Appthority Enterprise Mobile Threat Team (EMTT).
Having analyzed millions of apps since 2011, Appthority is a pioneer and the leader in enterprise mobile app security and this new report is one of the largest of its kind. Appthority tested apps added into enterprises and into its global database in the second half of 2015 to determine how high risk data leakage and privacy invasive app behaviors impact enterprise environments. Congruent with previous Appthority threat reports, high numbers of apps with significant risks to the enterprise continue to be prevalent throughout the mobile app ecosystem.
Appthority's findings also align with trends identified by independent research firms. Forrester predicts that employee use of mobile apps will surge; doubling in size compared to last year. At the same time, Gartner predicts 75 percent of mobile security breaches will be traced to mobile apps by 2017.
"It's very alarming to find that the 150 most common apps on enterprise devices show high risk user surveillance behaviors," said Domingo Guerra, president and co-founder of Appthority. "Every time we analyze the top apps in the enterprise we discover significant threats such as third-party access to calendars, corporate address books and text archives to be prevalent in mobile apps. This surveillance data can be used to launch increasingly effective spear phishing attacks, which puts the enterprise at risk of a major breach. Whereas Gartner predicts a 75 percent rate by 2017, we believe that the trend may have already begun. IT underscores the need for every version of every app on every mobile device to be subject to automated app scanning, continuous and dynamic monitoring and policy controls."
Key findings from the Q1 2016 Appthority Enterprise Mobile Threat Report
"Our latest research confirms that iOS malware is now mainstream," said Guerra. "Though Android apps continue to be more risky to the enterprise, four major breaches in as many months have proven that iOS is no longer immune to mobile malware. Using mobile apps to gather reconnaissance information for enterprise spear phishing purposes is another fear realized, and one that we'll continue to safeguard our customers against with our comprehensive mobile app risk management solution."
In addition to quarterly reports assessing the overall state of mobile app risks to the enterprise, Appthority's Enterprise Mobile Threat Team offers on-going mobile threat news and analysis via its Mobile Threat Center blog and news channel.
To download the Q1 2016 Appthority Enterprise Mobile Threat Report, please visit: http://info.appthority.com/-q1-2016-mtr-download. To arrange a briefing with Appthority, please contact sales or visit: http://info.appthority.com/no-more-blind-spots.
Appthority will be exhibiting in the North Hall at booth #4146 at the RSA Conference, February 29-March 4, 2016 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. To schedule a meeting, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Appthority provides the industry's first all-in-one App Risk Management service that employs dynamic and behavioral analysis to immediately discover the hidden actions of apps and empower organizations to apply custom policies to prevent unwanted app behaviors. Having analyzed more than three million apps for its Global 2000 and government customers, only Appthority combines the largest global database of analyzed public and private apps with advanced policy management tools to automate control over risky app actions and protect corporate data. Appthority delivers visibility and trust to enterprises and their rapidly expanding app ecosystems. Headquartered in San Francisco, Appthority is venture-backed by U.S. Venture Partners and Venrock and additionally funded by Blue Coat Systems, and Knollwood Investment Advisory. More information on Appthority can be found at https://www.appthority.com/.
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