The wild, wild west of mobile apps

How MDM vendors, carriers, service providers and app stores can protect users from malicious mobile apps

Published October 2013

Webroot explain how exploding mobile threats challenge mobile device management (MDM) vendors, carriers, service providers, and app stores to ensure the safety of apps. Consumers and customers will hold these companies responsible for providing adequate security, and employees will expect enterprise IT departments to protect them from malicious mobile apps like they have come to expect for PC malware. The report describes how a cloud-based app reputation service protects against the risks of mobile applications in the wild:

- Collects millions of applications from a variety of sources

- Stores mobile app data in the world’s largest cloud-based threat database

- Analyzes and scores apps on a range from malicious (e.g., known malware such as Trojans or root kits) to trustworthy

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