Mobile Malware is Here

Recently, a variant of the Zeus Trojan was discovered on Blackberry mobile devices.  Zeus was created with one purpose: to grant criminals access to a victim’s bank account by compromising their online banking sessions.  Although Zeus has been around for years, the fact that it’s moved to the mobile device should have you asking one question:

What am I doing to protect my users?

Whether you’re responsible for securing 5,000 mobile devices across three continents, or whether you’re the go-to IT person for your friends and family, you need to be prepared to address threats like mobile malware.

First and foremost, educate your users.  Teach them how to exercise caution when checking their email and browsing the Internet, especially from their mobile devices.  Consider installing an alternate mobile web browser if the default browser is riddled with security holes.

Second, introduce your users to mobile security applications.  For the home user,Lookout Mobile Security provides a free security app for Android, Blackberry, and Windows Mobile devices.   While this is a valid solution for the home user, it doesn’t solve the problem of malware on mobile devices connected to the corporate network.

Centralized mobile device management is the key for protecting mobile devices in the workplace.  Once you deploy a mobile device management solution, you can begin deploying enterprise-grade antimalware solutions to your mobile devices.

Having the ability to centrally manage security policies and monitor mobile endpoints is key if you want to protect your end users (and your corporate assets) from malicious software.

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