14 September 2011 17:00:28
As more and more individuals and businesses choose to use cloud computing-powered smartphones and tablets, security risks have been of growing concern. Computer Weekly recently reported that mobile malware has increased at an extraordinary pace through the beginning of this year, while security services companies work to make adaptive changes.
According to the website, in the first six months of 2011, mobile malware increased by more than 270 percent compared to the same period in 2010, a figure that leads many to question the security of new technology and devices. Still, as the source notes, the first half of 2011 represents only a 15.7 percent increase from the latter half of 2010.
This signifies a growing problem that spans back over a year, as it coincides with the plethora of new devices being released, and subsequently experiencing unprecedented popularity, including smartphones and tablets.
"With mobile malware, cyber criminals have discovered a new business model," security profession Eddy Willems told the news provider.
Mobile devices are often powered by cloud computing services, and have been an increasingly popular choice for shopping, which makes security an even more important point. Gartner projects mobile payments to exceed $86 billion this year.
-McAfee Cloud Security