Mobile threats and Android: What does this tell us?

If it is true that mobile malware targets Android nearly exclusively, what does this tell the world? Here’s the link to the article I found based on the new Kasperski report. This report claims that 99,9% of mobile malware targets Android and the writer expects it only to become worse in the near future.

Some questions that spring to my mind are the following:
– What does this mean for personal security?
– What does this tell companies and institutions when making mobile choices?
– What does this tell companies and institutions when discussing Bring Your Own Device issues?
– Are there lessons to be learned on self-regulation?
– Can Google maintain an open platform when the offered security levels become a liability for (indirect) customers?
– When will the mobile chain offer ways to update the different products?
– How can the app world become more secure?

Let’s leave it here. You can think of other questions. The mobile chain is multi-layered and complex. Self-regulation does not come easy and sometimes not at all. Regulation is more than likely unachievable because there are too many layers, too different players, too different sorts of products involved. At the same time doing nothing may soon no longer be an option for governments.

Self-regulation or regulation or a form in between? This is a very relevant question. It is very surprising that this topic NLIGF suggested as a workshop for the IGF in Bali was deemed insufficient, e.g. because there was no representation from developing countries. As if this is the issue at stake here. Cyber security is one of the major challenges the world is facing today and how to achieve it?

The question is: How can the internet world, where needed aided and assisted by governments, make the internet safer? My two bits? Industry develops standards and best practices, governments create the environment that allows for the adoption, e.g. a level playing field. It is time both start to discuss this seriously and it will be best if the internet industry takes the initiative.

To finish up. If one company is responsible for attracting 99,9% of malware in the mobile market, I’d say that a solution ought to be close at hand. One way or another. Who opens the ball?

Wout de Natris, De Natris Consult

Leiderdorp, 23 May 2013

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About Wout de Natris

As a consultant I specialise in establishing new and different relationships between industry, governments and law enforcement where internet safety and the fight against cyber crime are concerned. This makes me a bridge builder. Hence the blogs name. In this blog I intend to stress the need for interaction, cooperation and exchange of information in order to change the mentioned relationships. On offer: a comprehensive training on all non-technical aspects of spam enforcement and a cyber awareness presentation for companies and institutions
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