Malicious apps soaring to unsafe heights

Published: 17 October 2019
Malicious apps

With the use of mobile applications thriving high like never before, Hackers seem to love creating a rogue application to steal the data. Threats are surfing at every domain and people tend to download fraudulent apps for their easy use, yet they momentarily forget about the cyberattack it causes. Legitimate apps are created and personal data like call logs, SMS, credit card numbers, passwords, etc. are easily stolen. Rogue applications are very malicious and harm your network which in turn harms the company reputation.

Experts have cautioned about rogue apps and their vulnerabilities. Some of the ways rogue apps get connected to a network are:

BYOD: With Employees bringing their own devices for their convenience, it is quite easy for hackers to steal data using the rogue apps which also can be easily stolen or lost.

Shadow IT: One of the common threat is Shadow IT, with unauthorized usage of IT assets and rogue apps installed on their devices, the system is more vulnerable which must be protected regularly.

Third-party vendors: Installing applications from third-party vendors without giving access to sensitive information also makes the devices more vulnerable during a cyber threat.

This growing threat is due to users downloading an application from the untrusted sources which can be avoided if the users install apps from legitimate sources. Preventing rogue apps in an organization is each and everyone’s responsibility. But no matter what, unapproved apps are still being installed by the users in an organization which might be helpful for their tasks which leads to the vulnerability of the network. So, every member of an organization must be educated on the issues faced by using rogue applications. Still, the best approach is to have a SOC team doing regular analysis on the network to detect rogue apps.