Mobile phone security trends 2021

Phone Security Trends & Threats in 2021

Wednesday 31 March, 2021

We have spoken a great deal about how hackers’ techniques change and improve over time and how the tech and mobile security industries must evolve at a faster pace to help keep threats in check.

So, for manufacturers to produce the most secure mobile phone for 2021, what are the risks and what are the latest trends in smartphone and mobile security? 

What are the mobile security threats of the future?

There are predictions that the threats to mobile security and data security as a whole will come under increased attacks by ever more sophisticated techniques. And these don’t just affect what we see already, which includes:

  • Threats to cloud systems
  • Insecurities contained in third-party software
  • Threats from increased remote working practices
  • Increases in threats from state sponsored cyberattacks
  • Improved and increased phishing methods
  • Governmental and state surveillance 

The new attempts to defraud could include digitised fake voiceovers, which attempt to persuade businesses, employees and individuals to transfer funds to hacker-controlled accounts. They could pretend to be a company CFO, CEO or even IT Support staff looking to help with an IT issue. 

In the age of COVID-19, there are also issues surrounding the collection and storage of personal data in order for the track and trace apps to work effectively. This is going to become widely integrated into the mobile phone network and therefore pose a potential risk of hacking.

Which data is most at risk?

The inclusion of new sophisticated cybercrime techniques opens a wide range of data and personal information at risk. These include:

  • Personal information and data to be sold on
  • Medical record details
  • Blackmail / extortion rackets
  • Financial theft
  • Intellectual Property / industrial espionage 

What can be done to improve mobile security in 2021?

Here are some of the trends that have been predicted which may address these and other mobile security questions.

Smartphone security – Possible continuous authentication

Naturally, one of the most important factors when considering cybersecurity is that of ensuring the identity of the user is correct and authorised to access the data or information. 

Mobile security management – Managed security service provide

There is likely to be a trend that moves mobile security up the priority ladder where dedicated members of an organisation will monitor, attempt to predict and finally manage the information and data security risks. Some may outsource this operation to mobile security specialists. 

Automated machine learning security

It is likely that there will be a wider use of machine lead monitoring and learning of cyber threats. These will be used to more rapidly and accurately detect the presence of malware, whilst assessing the potential and probable threats from other cyber assailants. 

These are just some of the predictions that are being made that will affect overall mobile security in the near future. The sector is in constant change to keep with the evolution of cyber threats. 

The Blackphone PRIVY has already adopted and included a huge range of security features that address many of the cyber risks, thus making it one of the most secure mobile phones for 2021. 

We continuously monitor and assess the risks being posed and ensure that any changes that need to be made are carried out swiftly. 

If you would like to discuss how to secure your fleet of secure business mobile phones, then please give our team a call. They will be more than happy to help you with your specific security requirements. 

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