Who Suffers Highest Malware Risk? Mobile Business Users, According to Allot MobileTrends Report

smartphoneAllot Communications Ltd., a leading global provider of security and monetization solutions, and Kaspersky Lab are out with a new report that’s pretty revealing.

The “Allot MobileTrends Report H1 2016, Mobile Users at Risk” analyzes the correlation between mobile apps and URLs usage and user potential for malware risk.

“Findings show that individual behavior is a significant and even decisive indicator of malware risk,” notes the report. “Communication service providers (CSPs) are uniquely positioned to safeguard mobile users at risk with targeted Security-as-a-Service delivered from their network or cloud.”

Potential Malware risk is affected both by the online behavior of the user and by the app or URL itself. In other words, it’s not just the app; it’s how one uses it.

“Business users display the riskiest online behavior,” a provided statement reads. “About 79 percent of businessmen and 67 percent of businesswomen use potentially risky apps every day. Youth and millennials are also at high risk, with 65 percent of them using potentially risky apps every day.”

True, mobile app downloads are often protected, but their ongoing use is not protected, making users vulnerable to malware threats.

“Our MobileTrends findings clearly show that safeguarding users at the network level would be the most effective method for protecting against multiple types of mobile threats, as the security measures can provide a protective umbrella for all online activity,” said Yaniv Sulkes, AVP Marketing at Allot Communications. “Moreover, mobile operators are perfectly positioned to provide protection to consumers and businesses. We see a golden opportunity for mobile operators to identify and reach out to customers at risk, targeting them with personalized Security-as-a-Service from their network or cloud.”

The research analyzed mobile data records from a random sample of 500,000 mobile users during a 7-day period, and included Android, iOS, and Windows Phone operating systems. The malware experts at Kaspersky Lab assigned categories to the top 500 URLs, while Allot categorized the top 500 apps in the sample and also classified each app and URL sample as “safe” or “risky.”