Mobile security refers to the strategy, architecture, and software used to safeguard people’s devices, such as smartphones, tablets, and laptop computers. Cybersecurity for mobile devices includes safeguarding data on the local device as well as endpoints and networking equipment linked to the device. As mobile devices outnumber desktops in terms of user desire, they will become more attractive targets for attackers.

As more people travel and work from home, mobile devices have grown more interwoven into their daily lives, including those of business workers. Previously, internet access was restricted to desktop computers, and workers who traveled only used laptop computers. Mobile devices are becoming the choice means to access the internet, and traffic from these devices has surpassed desktop traffic. Moreover, mobile devices offer a far larger attack surface than desktop computers, making them a greater danger to corporate safety. A desktop is stationary, with threats coming mainly from outside sources, but mobile devices are exposed to physical and virtual assaults. 

Administrators must be concerned about additional physical assaults as well as virtual threats from third-party apps and Wi-Fi hotspots since users take mobile devices with them everywhere they go. Because stationary set-ups or workstations do not leave the corporate network, managers can better oversee network and endpoint security. Users of mobile devices may root them, install any program, or even physically lose them. Corporations have a lot more overhead when developing mobile device strategies for many of these reasons and more. Even with the additional costs, it is an important aspect of cybersecurity since mobile devices represent significant dangers to data integrity.

Data loss and theft are the two most common physical dangers to a mobile device. Natural catastrophes are also a concern since they may cause data loss but not data theft. Although lost data may be restored, data theft is costly for businesses. Mobile devices include lock screens to prevent data theft if a device is stolen. Still, the technology must be powerful enough to prevent an attacker from circumventing the screen lock and extracting the information by removing the storage device. Real-time fraud prevention and strong customer authentication solutions are just some things that could be done to have strong mobile security.

To know more below is an infographic from LoginID discussing mobile security threats and how to prevent them.