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Hackers Targeting Users of 'Bring Your own Device to Work Culture' Organisations

Development of technology in smartphones has led to an era where a number of tasks are accomplished through the use of these devices. John Pironti, an adviser with ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association Inc.), has said that these new developments come with a new tier of risks for various corporate networks.

Pironti said, "Cybercriminals are actively trying to leverage mobile devices as part of their attacks."

Further, the adviser added," The holiday season provides them a perfect time to test out new attacks." reported USA Today (opens in new tab).

As per a survey by Webroot that covered 1,215 users of mobile devices, around 50 percent users most likely uses their smartphones or tablets for doing online shopping in the current year which is 22 percent higher than last year.

Another survey conducted by ISACA showed that the users of smartphones plans to invest an average 32 hours on online shopping during this holiday season.

The use of the similar devices for office related work increases the risk of various types of attacks. Chief technology officer at network security firm Bit9, Harry Sverdlove, said that, "In our bring-your-own-device to work culture, people are using smartphones for both personal and business use - and attacks on these devices are on the rise."

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.