Does Mobile Antivirus Software Really Protect Smartphones?
Bad news: Many mobile antivirus apps are useless. Here's what mobile device management and mobile application management experts say you should focus on instead
October is National Security Month and with good reason: Even a cursory glance at recent technology headlines reveals no shortage of malware threats, with the mobile space--and especially the Android OS--drawing particular attention.
Recent tests conducted by AV-Comparatives, AV-TEST, and PC Security Labs found that many products failed to protect against malicious programs, but a few standouts achieved virtually perfect detection rates. Case closed? Not exactly.
BYOD policies have positioned these risks as significant enterprise concerns. Much has been written about mobile device management (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM) tools, and how these products can insulate businesses against data theft. Even so, because MAM/MDM is a nascent industry, it's natural to wonder whether antivirus is a crucial part of the puzzle, and whether standalone antivirus tools provide legitimate protection.