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Wednesday | August 10, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – August 10, 2016 – Today, Appthority, the global leader in enterprise mobile threat protection, published its Enterprise Mobile Threat Update for Q3 2016, which explores the evolving mobile threat landscape over the last quarter as evaluated by the Appthority Enterprise Mobile Threat Team.

In the Q3 Update, Appthority reviews two major vulnerability types surfacing in Android apps – autorooting and overlay malware, presents some analysis on whether Apple’s faster app review times coincided with the spate of vulnerabilities that plagued the Apple App Store starting last summer, and assesses the new Android permissions model to see if apps are getting safer with its more granular runtime permissions.

Key highlights include:

  • Godless, LevelDropper, and Overlay have recently surfaced in the Google Play Store, all in the month June. These types of vulnerabilities can have adverse effects on the enterprise, including decreased employee productivity and weakened data security.
  • Faster Apple app review times have not been accompanied by enhanced security vetting. Apps with malware and serious security vulnerabilities continue to surface in the Apple App Store as well as the Google Play Store.
  • In apps tracked in Appthority’s enterprise database, nearly half of the 24 permissions labeled “dangerous” saw a net reduction with Android’s new permission model. Thus, the new permission model is progress for app safety, there is more that can be done to help users protect their privacy and their data. Appthority suggests taking additional steps such as requiring developers to always state why a certain permission is being requested, including an explanation of how the app would make use of the information, and further increasing the granularity of permissions to narrow the sensitive data being accessed by each permission.

To download Appthority’s Enterprise Mobile Threat Update, please visit http://bit.ly/Q3-16EMTU.


About Appthority’s Enterprise Mobile Threat Update

Appthority’s Enterprise Mobile Threat Team monitors and researches the latest mobile risks that are direct threats to the enterprise. This insight is compiled into a quarterly Enterprise Mobile Threat Update, aimed at providing in-depth analysis of the top enterprise mobile threats for IT mobility & security teams. The Enterprise Mobile Threat Team is composed of security industry veterans that have decades of experience in protecting mobile devices.

About Appthority

Appthority, the global leader in enterprise mobile threat protection, delivers proactive visibility into mobile risk starting with the most comprehensive mobile application analysis available. Appthority’s extensive and ongoing threat intelligence eliminates mobile risk blind spots and combines the widest array of customizable policy and remediation options to tailor threat protection to the unique needs of individual enterprises. Customers benefit from Appthority’s mobile app as they extend the enterprise’s security perimeter to employees, ensuring everyone is knowledgeable about mobile risk and compliance, while helping to prevent risky apps from ever entering the ecosystem. With Appthority, security teams are informed, employees are productive and enterprise data is kept private and secure. Appthority is trusted by organizations needing the most effective threat protection at scale, including several of the Global Forbes 100 as well as top government agencies in the U.S. Europe and Asia.

For more information, please visit www.appthority.com.