The State of the Mobile Ecosystem, Appthority Unveils New Security Research at Black Hat

Q2 2015 Enterprise Mobile Threat Report Features App Vulnerabilities, New Threat Vectors

Aug 04, 2015, 08:00 ET from Appthority

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Black Hat -- Appthority, the leader in enterprise mobile app risk management, today announced the release of their second Q2 2015 Enterprise Mobile Threat Report with mobile app risk research from the Appthority Enterprise Mobile Threat Team (EMTT).

Enterprise and government workforces depend on mobile solutions for increased productivity, while adopting Bring Your Own Apps (BYOA) and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies in an effort to protect against corporate security and privacy risks. Only Appthority combines the largest global database of millions of analyzed public and enterprise mobile apps with a policy management engine to speed app review, approval and enforcement of custom use policies for thousands of employees within minutes.

"Mobile technology is changing at lightning speed and enterprises need help navigating the rapidly evolving mobile threat landscape," said Domingo Guerra, president and co-founder, Appthority. "Our Q2 report separates the noise from the legitimate risks enterprises face from mobile apps accessing and sharing sensitive corporate data. We uncovered some surprising trends related to malware, data sharing across geographic borders, and the lesser known but very prevalent threat of dead and stale apps."

In the Q2 2015 Enterprise Mobile Threat Report, Appthority analyzed security and risky behaviors in three million apps and assessed how these risks are impacting enterprise environments. The report covers iOS and Android apps found on both BYOD and enterprise-owned devices. Findings include:

  • Enterprise Data Crossing International Borders – Appthority mapped the geographic flow of enterprise data and discovered that apps are sending PII (personal identifiable information) and other sensitive information all over the globe, often without the enterprise's knowledge. The top iOS apps sent data to 92 different countries while the top Android apps sent data to 63 different countries.
  • The Risk of the Third Party Library – Overstretched enterprise app development teams increasingly rely on third party libraries and SDKs. With no policy in place to analyze mobile app security, enterprise data is put at risk when one of those popular third party packages carries a major vulnerability.
  • Zombie Apps, A Threat That Won't Die – Zombie apps are apps that have been revoked by the app store and are no longer receiving security updates. App stores are under no regulatory obligation to inform users of revoked apps, and Appthority's research shows that 100 percent of enterprises surveyed have zombie apps in their environments, leaving the door wide open for cybercriminals and other security threats to access sensitive data.

"The ongoing threat of zombie apps and stale apps continues to be an 'under the radar' threat to the enterprise," said Guerra. "The solution to closing this threat window is really two-fold: app stores need to revamp their policy to include a mechanism for alerting end users that an app on their device has been revoked, and end users need increased education about the importance of making updates to their mobile apps as soon as they are available."

In addition to quarterly reports assessing the overall state of mobile app risks to the enterprise, Appthority's Enterprise Mobile Threat Team offers on-going mobile threat analysis and reporting via its blog.

To download the Q2 2015 Appthority Enterprise Mobile Threat Report, please visit: www.appthority.com/learn.

Appthority will be exhibiting at booth #1223 at Black Hat, August 5-6 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. To schedule a meeting or live demonstration, please contact: appthority@mslgroup.com.

About Appthority
Appthority provides the industry's first all-in-one App Risk Management service that employs static, dynamic and behavioral analysis to immediately discover the hidden actions of apps and empower organizations to apply custom policies to prevent unwanted app behaviors. Only Appthority combines the largest global database of analyzed public and private apps with advanced policy management tools to automate control over risky app actions and protect corporate data. Named the Most Innovative Company of RSA Conference 2012, Appthority has analyzed more than three million apps for its Global 2000 and government customers. By delivering trust to the app ecosystem, Appthority allows enterprises to securely benefit from the proliferation of useful apps. Headquartered in San Francisco, Appthority is venture-backed by U.S. Venture Partners and Venrock. More information on Appthority can be found at https://www.appthority.com/.

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