By Wendy Taccetta, SVP, Small and Medium Business for Verizon Business
The shift in our hybrid and remote working world and the increase in mobile device use allow for a bigger attack surface — with more locations and devices expanding vulnerabilities. No matter what type of business you are—whether a city-wide pizzeria chain to the local hair & nail salon and spa—you must be prepared today to address cybersecurity issues from every perspective. Mobile devices provide an entry point for a wide range of attacks, with bad actors increasingly finding innovative ways to exploit and manipulate users and information — potentially exposing data and disrupting operations.
According to the 2022 Verizon Mobile Security Index (MSI), extensive mobile use and the increase in mobile and IoT devices resulted in a 22% increase in data or system downtime. Additionally, 52% of respondents said they have sacrificed the security of mobile devices to “get the job done.” In retail, almost nine out of 10 businesses are concerned that a mobile security breach could have a lasting impact on their brand or customer loyalty and 41% of respondents said mobile presents a daunting security challenge.
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Think before you click. (Phishing and mobile devices). Did you know that in 2021, 83% of organizations experienced a successful email-based phishing attack compared to 46%