May 18, 2012
After closing in on Android's market share in the final months of 2011, Apple's iOS has passed all of its competitors in terms of web traffic in 2012. This market takeover makes it the largest target for mobile data breaches, according to a study by a web security company.
TechCrunch reported in January that Q4 of 2011 saw iOS climb within 4 percent of Android in terms of smartphone sales - 43 percent to Androids 47 percent share - as iPhones were each of the top three selling devices. Android had a 34 point lead over iOS as recently as 2011 Q3, holding 60 percent of the market before the iPhone surge.
Mobile data in the cloud
With more iOS devices in use and more businesses accepting personal device use for work purposes, data protection on the operating system - not to mention cloud security - is increasingly important. According to a study by the SANS Institute, 61 percent of companies allow employees to bring their own devices to work.
With the increased use of cloud computing running hand-in-hand alongside BYOD policies, security in the cloud poses an additional worry to mobile users. As data loss prevention policies in the cloud are still being fleshed out by businesses, device security and responsible use become more important.
Reputation of security
Apple products, their Mac OS in particular, used to have a reputation of being nearly unassailable. Recent malware attacks and security loopholes have tarnished that reputation, as a Russian software security company called the operating system "really vulnerable," according to Computing Magazine.
Data security in the cloud is an additional concern for the use of iOS devices. Though businesses may have their own security measures in place for a private cloud, if an employee brings data outside on their own device, it could be more susceptible to attack.
Apple Insider reported on a number of discussions emanating in the Apple discussion forums, alleging that the personal iCloud may have been hacked. Users reported spam being sent from their iCloud email to secondary accounts.
Most of the users who reported finding their accounts spewing spam - only those who were both in the account's contact list and synced with iCloud-received spam messages - claimed to rarely use the email account in question. CNet.com hypothesizes that normal spam behavior, perhaps with a "spoofed" email address, is responsible.
It may not be the work of a hacker accessing the cloud, but the worries about personal cloud security will persist.
Apple has yet to issue a statement on the situation.
-McAfee Cloud Security