Both Android and iOS apps leak data, leaving users vulnerable to data theft, denial-of-service attacks, and remote SIM card rooting.
In a report released Thursday “Are mobile apps a leaky tap in the enterprise?” researchers at Zscaler assert that Android and iOS users are equally vulnerable to a wide range of mobile security threats tied to mobile apps.
According to the report, enterprises are challenged by both a growing number of BYOD devices invading the workplace along with users downloading risky apps from third-party sources. In its study of 45 million transactions during a three-month period, Zscaler identified privacy leakage as the most serious problem with too many apps sending metadata, location and personal identifiable information to the developer’s server or an ad server. The report calls on companies to enforce stricter mobile device management programs to protect users and network assets.