Mobile and BYOD (bring your own device) usage has skyrocketed across enterprise companies and small enterprises as a result of the pandemic-driven surge in remote employees. As was to be expected, it didn’t take long for cybercriminals to capitalize on the booming corporate mobility sector.

With more than 90% of the world’s 5.3 billion mobile device users dependent on “smart” or internet-enabled devices, the prevalence of poorly protected mobile assets has made cyber predators become a mobile threat.

Mobile-optimized attacks on these devices, such as adware, banking Trojans, mobile malware, and remote access Trojans (RATs), are on the rise in frequency, sophistication, and cost to victims.

Android-based Devices are Under Attack

There is a considerable increase in attacks against Android devices. Here are some recent figures:

  • 97% of businesses have faced mobile malware attacks that use different attack vectors.
  • In 2021, mobile threats from banking mobile malware grew by 80%.
  • Adware made up 42% of new mobile malware globally last year.
  • 47% of free antivirus (AV) apps for Android are ineffective in finding viruses. Do BYOD employees use free antivirus software?

Via SMS or text messages, mobile malware software that opens backdoors into phones is introduced. Some fraudsters hire weaponized apps that enable them to steal sensitive data and access passwords for $5,000 per month.

Samsung and BlackBerry are working together to provide enhanced MTD.

In order to deliver high-security enterprise mobility management (EMM) based on Samsung Knox, a proprietary security and management framework pre-installed on the majority of Android devices, and BlackBerry UEM (unified endpoint management), the two companies teamed up in 2014. BlackBerry is the first mobile threat defense (MTD) cybersecurity platform to offer Knox Enhanced Attestation services for Samsung Galaxy handsets in an effort to prevent the growth in mobile device assaults.

It stops URL phishing assaults, finds mobile threats, and checks the device and application integrity. As part of a zero-trust strategy, CylancePROTECT Mobile prevents cyberattacks by getting in advance of them, stopping them before they have a chance to be successful, and ensuring the security and safety of Android devices.

Mobile Threat

CylancePROTECT MobileTM

Through the innovative artificial intelligence (AI) powered endpoint security offered by CylancePROTECT MobileTM for Samsung mobile devices, the relationship has now expanded to include cutting-edge endpoint protection. An advanced MTD solution with a preventative first strategy is CylancePROTECT Mobile.

Additional capabilities are provided by CylancePROTECT Mobile with Knox Enhanced Attestation to guarantee the security of Android devices that have access to business data. These tools enable the routine use of Knox Enhanced Attestation to verify the reliability of Samsung devices. Knox Enhanced Attestation is hardware-based and in addition to completing application health checks, it can spot device tampering, rooting OEM unlocking, and IMEI or serial number forgery. In addition to guaranteeing the present functionality of Samsung devices, it also keeps track of any instances in which they may have previously run an unapproved configuration.

Knox Enhanced Attestation can be set up by an organization’s IT or security team utilizing the CylancePROTECT Mobile admin console to assist defend against these dangers. Organizations that permit employees to use personal devices for work should give this a high priority, especially if they allow contractors and other outside parties access to business data. The value that CylancePROTECT mobile adds will help to dramatically lower the danger that hacked Android devices provide to mobile deployments.

Features of CylancePROTECT MobileTM

Along with using Knox Enhanced Attestation, CylancePROTECT Mobile provides the following essential features:

  • Malware infections can be found by monitoring mobile threats at the device, network, and application layers without increasing the SecOps workload.
  • Monitoring OS updates, system parameters, device configurations, and system libraries at the application level to spot security flaws and potentially harmful activity.
  • Integration with Microsoft Intune enables mobile threat alerts and corrective action based on Conditional Access compliance requirements in Intune.

The most recent BlackBerry and Samsung invention, CylancePROTECT Mobile with Knox Enhanced Attestation, also has the following features:

  • BlackBerry UEM for high-security endpoint management is Samsung Knox-validated.
  • Samsung Knox and BlackBerry SecuSUITE for secure communications
  • Samsung-optimized BlackBerry AtHoc critical event management