Mobile security specialist Skycure has announced new findings from its latest Mobile Threat Intelligence report. Placing a strong focus on the healthcare sector, the report finds growing risks in addition to some encouraging trends.
Skycure cites US Department of Health and Human Services data indicating that 2015 saw over 260 major security breaches in the healthcare sector, and asserts that other research indicates that 28 percent of doctors keep patient data on their mobile devices, suggesting that this could be susceptible to attack. Moreover, Skycure notes that the 51 million network tests its own platform performed last year detected almost 13,000 malicious apps.
Meanwhile, Skycure reports that user habits may be improving, with the number of users employing passcodes on their devices having risen from 48 percent in the third quarter of 2015 to 52 percent in Q4. Skycure also asserts that iOS users tend to be more secure since they install OS upgrades more consistently, whereas there are still some Android users who don’t have access to the Android Marshmallow OS due to inconsistent release dates between devices are carriers in the Android ecosystem.
Other security experts have also been warning about the security dangers facing healthcare data, and of course about mobile security more generally. But with more users enabling passcodes and some even taking advantage of biometric security systems like Apple’s Touch ID, the overall mobile security landscape may be improving.