Fortifying Mobile Security: Kaspersky’s Call Amid Escalating Cyber Threats

Kaspersky underscores the necessity of robust mobile security beyond traditional antivirus measures, as mobile devices handle sensitive data encompassing financial transactions, business communications, and social interactions. The surge in cyber threats prompts Kaspersky to stress the importance of safeguarding financial assets from cybercriminals, alongside countering identity fraud risks and business vulnerabilities.

15 August 2023 – In response to the evolving landscape of cyber threats, Kaspersky, a global cybersecurity leader, emphasizes the imperative of comprehensive protection for mobile devices beyond conventional antivirus measures. This call comes as the digital era sees mobile devices handling increasingly sensitive data, spanning financial transactions, business communications, and social interactions.

Southeast Asia has witnessed a surge in online banking and e-wallet adoption, with Android smartphones emerging as the primary choice for digital transactions in the region. Despite this growth, cyber threats loom large, as evident from the 1,083 blocked mobile banking Trojans and 207,506 mobile malware incidents in 2022. Adrian Hia, Managing Director for Asia Pacific at Kaspersky, highlights the necessity of safeguarding financial assets from the escalating risks posed by financially motivated cybercriminals.

Businesses, grappling with the “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) trend, face security vulnerabilities stemming from the majority of smartphones accessing corporate networks being intended for personal use. Kaspersky’s researchers have observed Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) infiltrating company systems via compromised mobile devices, including the concerning instances of mobile malware APTs like Pegasus and Chrysor. As part of its security mission, Kaspersky detected 10,543 mobile ransomware Trojan installers globally in 2022, underscoring the urgency of robust device protection.

Furthermore, the widespread adoption of mobile devices for social media interactions has exposed users to identity fraud and other online hazards. Kaspersky’s research reveals that one in four Asia Pacific internet users fell victim to identity fraud, often facilitated through mobile-accessed social platforms. In light of this, Kaspersky’s efforts to thwart phishing attempts on messaging apps is pivotal in highlighting the need for fortified mobile security.

In an initiative to fortify mobile protection, Kaspersky introduces the Baru Campaign in Malaysia, offering alluring prizes such as luxurious getaways and cutting-edge smartphones. By doing so, Kaspersky strives to incentivize users to prioritize the safeguarding of their digital assets. Kaspersky products can be readily accessed through leading e-commerce platforms, Lazada and Shopee.

Author: Terry KS

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