Zimperium’s Global Mobile Threat Report 2022 provides comprehensive new data and analysis on the state of mobile security

Dallas – (work wireZimperium, the only mobile security platform designed specifically for enterprise environments, today published the 2022 Global Mobile Threat Report unveiling new data and a comprehensive analysis of the state of mobile security worldwide. With insights from Zimperium’s global installation base of enterprise customers, new scanning data that reveals the mindset and priorities of enterprise security professionals, the most prevalent mobile threat realities and third-party threat data from 2021, this report is a comprehensive assessment of the current state of the mobile threat landscape. .

In 2021, the Zimperium zLabs team discovered threats affecting 10 million mobile devices in at least 214 countries. Mobile malware was the most prevalent threat, with nearly 1 in 4 mobile endpoints encountered within Zimperium’s global customer base. Over the course of the year, the zLabs team discovered 2034,217 new mobile malware samples in the wild, which equates to approximately 36,000 new strains of malware per week and more than 5,000 per day.

In addition to factual data provided inside, the report also includes valuable commentary and analysis from leaders across the security industry including members of the Zimperium executive team, representatives from SentinelOne, Ping Identity, and Intertrust, as well as Malcolm Harkins, chief security and trust officer at Epiphany Systems.

“In just two short years, our operating environment has become more complex and complex than it was at the beginning of 2020. A distributed and mixed workforce, always-connected devices, high-speed 5G connectivity, and increased access to critical data from remote locations have led to the proliferation of enterprises. “This level of mobile connectivity will continue to be the expectation for workers, customers, and organizations for decades to come, but today’s cybersecurity isn’t built to support these environments — and attackers know it,” said Shridhar Mittal, CEO of Zimperium. Organizations need to come to terms with how to adequately secure this new reality. Effective, and this research will provide important insight and insights to help get there.”

Combine a mountain of mobile threat data for full visibility

Zimperium’s Global Mobile Threat Report combines data from the global install base of enterprise customers with insights from Zimperium surveys conducted by Pulse – an exclusive community of verified technology decision makers – that are being publicly published in the report for the first time. For more context, the report supports these new insights with current market data and data from other public sources to provide the most comprehensive account of the current mobile threat landscape and the growing threat posed by mobile attacks.

According to Google, zero-day exploits used in active attacks against mobile endpoints in 2021 increased 466% year-over-year. In addition, new data from Zimperium illustrates the growing threat posed by various mobile attack vectors, such as phishing. From 2019 to 2021, Zimperium analyzed over 500,000 phishing sites and found that the number of mobile phishing sites grew by 50%. Furthermore, over the course of 2021, 75% of Zimperium phishing sites specifically analyzed targeted mobile devices.

Over the past couple of years, attackers have also shown increasing sophistication in their methods to carry out phishing attacks. For example, the percentage of phishing sites using HTTPS has grown steadily, from less than 40% in 2019 to nearly 60% in 2021, making it difficult for users to distinguish these sites from legitimate ones.

Global Threat Distribution: Mobile Attack Methods by Region

While the report provides a global snapshot of the current state of mobile threats, it also dissects the data to show differences in regional environments. This shows how clever attackers adapt the tactics they use based on the mobile environment and perceived vulnerabilities in different regions.

Zimperium’s data, including all the threats and risks detected and prevented among enterprise clients, reveal the prevalence of different tactics from around the world, giving organizations insight into the regional landscape.

For example:

  • at North AmericaHowever, the top tactics attackers use closely mirror global averages with 22% of mobile devices encountering malware in 2021, compared to 23% globally. Man-in-the-middle attacks came in second on the list of most common vectors, infecting 13% of devices and matching the global average.

  • at Asia, 26% of mobile devices encountered malicious websites in 2021, making users there more than twice as likely to be targeted by malicious websites than the global average (12%). Additionally, 1 in 4 enterprise mobile devices experienced at least one phishing attack in 2021.

  • together Europe And the South America19% of mobile phone users encountered network reconnaissance through surveys, which could reveal important data about their devices, compared to only 12% of devices that encountered surveys globally.

Overall, the data in Zimperium’s 2022 Global Mobile Threat Report shows the diversity of risks, threats, and attacks targeting mobile endpoints on a global scale. Mobile malware continues to dominate the threat landscape, serving as the most efficient and effective way to attack, defeat, and steal from mobile endpoints. Network-based attacks are also incredibly effective and notable, taking advantage of the big difference of a mobile phone – the ability to always be connected.

With the rise in the number of workers, remote customers, and distributors, organizations need to prepare and insure against an ever-changing landscape of threats based on where their employees, applications, and data are located in the world. The modern attack surface has grown, and threats to organizations remain prevalent and effective against unsecured devices.

Zimperium will host a live webinar to discuss the findings of the 2022 Global Mobile Threat Report on Thursday, March 17 at 11 AM EST. To register, visit https://get.zimperium.com/global-mobile-threat-report-2022-webinar/?

To download a copy of Zimperium’s 2022 Global Mobile Threat Report, visit www.zimperium.com/global-mobile-threat-report

About Zimperium

Zimperium provides the only mobile security platform designed specifically for enterprise environments. With protection based on machine learning and a single platform that secures everything from applications to endpoints, Zimperium is the only solution to provide on-device mobile threat defense to protect the growing and evolving mobile environments. Zimperium is headquartered in Dallas, Texas and is backed by Warburg Pincus, SoftBank, Samsung, Sierra Ventures and Telstra. For more information, follow Zimperium on Twitter (Tweet embed) and LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/zimperium), or visit www.zimperium.com.