IBM's report on mobile security comes straight from research derived from IBM's X-Force 2011 risk report. The bottom line: Internet bad guys are getting smarter, and the quantity of mobile devices to exploit are rising. That's a perfect set of ingredients for a vulnerability witch's brew. Making it more potent is consumerization of IT and bring-your-own-device acceptance now proliferating in the enterprise.
According to the IBM X-Force risk report:
- Third-party applications with malicious code are likely to be the top method of infection
- Mobile malware will likely look to steal personal information rather than do harm to data
- Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs), which are teams of hackers, are growing and targeting "big fish" targets that have access to large amounts of sensitive data
- Use of anonymous proxy servers have increased 4 times over, making harder to track down hackers
- As the focus turns to mobile devices, web-based vulnerabilities actually dropped 12 percent