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Trustwave introduces new mobile security practice

New Mobile Security PracticeMobile security practice launched by Trustwave

Trustwave, a company specializing in network data and security solutions for businesses, has introduces a new mobile security practice designed to help enterprises embrace the concept of bring-your-own-device (BYOD). As the world becomes more acclimated to mobile technology, workers are beginning to make use of their mobile devices more frequently. Enterprises are beginning to see their employees use smartphones and tablets to conduct business, increasing the need for mobile security solutions that account for the BYOD trend.

Practice to help enterprises become more secure

The new practice from Trustwave offers compliance and risk services that are meant to make mobile devices more secure. It also offers a technology suite that provides enterprises with the solutions they need to make their data networks more secure and guard against the loss or exploitation of data. The practice also makes Trustwave’s SpiderLabs services available. SpiderLabs was developed by a dedicated team of ethical hackers and it is designed to expose the threats that exist in mobile devices and other systems.

Businesses growing more concerned over mobile security

People have become inseparable from their mobile devices, a fact that has caused some concern in the world of business. Because a growing number of people are beginning to conduct business on their mobile devices, the need for more comprehensive mobile security is becoming a serious issue. If businesses are not prepared to tackle the issues that exist in mobile security, they may find themselves exposed to dangerous risks and could become an ideal target for hackers and other malicious parties.

Digital threats gaining more attention in business

While mobile technology has proven to be a boon for many people, it has also exposed them to the risks that have long existed in the digital realm. These risks are not new, having been around since the inception of the Internet. Only recently have serious efforts been made to make mobile devices more secure against these threats, however, and mobile security is slowing gaining prominence within the world of business.

Malicious QR codes growing in number


Malicious QR codesSymantec sees increase in malicious QR codes

Though QR codes are struggling to find a foothold with many consumers, their use is growing among a very particular demographic: Hackers. Symantec, a leading security solutions provides, has issued warnings concerning the growth of malicious QR codes in high-traffic areas. According to Symantec, hackers are beginning to place malicious QR codes in densely populated areas in order to increase  their own reach and attack mobile devices that may contain valuable information.

Popular marketing tools are also gaining the attention of hackers

QR codes are popular marketing tools, allowing businesses to stay engaged with consumers in a dynamic way. The codes are widely used as information distribution tools and as part of loyalty programs from big-name retailers. The codes have proven effective in the past, but many consumers have begun avoiding the codes for a variety of reasons. Security is among these reasons, and Symantec suggests that the time has come for consumers to take mobile security more seriously.

Hackers using QR code stickers to attack consumer information

According to Symantec, hackers are generating malicious QR codes, printing them as stickers, and covering legitimate QR codes with these malicious variants. Advertisements from major retail companies are popular targets, and passersby can rarely tell that a malicious QR codes have been used to cover a legitimate one. Consumers often scan these codes in order to access special deals being offered by retailers, but find  that their phone has been infected with a virus instead.

Applications can help keep mobile devices safe from exploitation

There are a variety of ways to keep a mobile device secure. Symantec, as well as other security firms, offer mobile applications that act as a form of anti-virus platform for smart phones and tablets. Some of these mobile security applications can also investigate a QR code before it is scanned to determine whether it is associated with a legitimate or malicious website. These applications can significantly reduce the danger that exists with malicious QR codes and keep a consumer’s information safe.