A staggering 97 percent of mobile malware is targeted at Android devices, according to a new report by Pulse Secure.
As F-Secure found earlier this year, Android threats are the big ticket item for hackers. Pulse Secure's Mobile Threat Report, based on data pooled from more than 2.5 million mobile applications, found that in 2014 almost one million individual malicious apps were released, almost four times as many as in the year before.
"[There was] significant growth in Android malware, which currently consists of 97 percent of all mobile malware developed. In 2014 alone, there were 1,268 known families of Android malware, which is an increase of 464 from 2013 and 1,030 from 2012," it said.
While Android is bashed repeatedly, Apple's iOS gets off lightly. The report said that there were just four iOS targeted attacks in 2014, and the majority of those were designed to infiltrate jailbroken devices. Wirelurker, however, was cited as an example of a threat to non-jailbroken hardware.
Pulse said the rise in malware meant enterprises must think long and hard before introducing bring your own device (BYOD) policies, while those that already have BYOD scheme should regularly review their security.
"Enterprise networks, while continually hardened at the perimeter, need to apply similar mobile security controls to appropriately deal with the ever increasing BYOD push coming from employees," said Troy Vennon, director of the Pulse Secure mobile threat centre.
"The focus on Android and jailbroken iOS devices by mobile malware developers illustrates that they are actively attempting to exploit mobile devices as the weak link in enterprise security," Vennon added.
The firm suggested that enterprises should pay less attention to the demands of staffers and concentrate on the requirements of the business, recommending that rather than try and lock down a whole device they should limit efforts to just those parts that touch company systems.
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