Mobile operators have seen a five-fold increase in security incidents between 2005 and 2006, industry analysts have revealed.
A survey of more than 200 mobile operators by analyst Informa Telecoms and Media found that 83% had been hit by mobile device infections, with the number of reported incidents more than five times as high in 2006 as 2005.
The number of mobile operators in Europe and the Asia Pacific region that reported incidents affecting more than 1,000 devices more than doubled in 2006, the research sponsored by security firm, McAfee found.
The survey also revealed a seven-fold increase in the number of mobile operators estimating that dealing with mobile threats had taken up more than 1,000 hours of staff time.
The research highlighted a big discrepancy between the security measures that the mobile operators felt were important and the measures they actually deployed. Less than a third of operators that considered application and device-level protection important actually deployed this sort of security protection. But more than half did use network-level protection.
Victor Kouznetsov, senior vice president of McAfee mobile security said: “This research clearly demonstrates that mobile security is moving quickly up the industry agenda with the number of malware incidents rising and more time and money being dedicated to resolving mobile security issues.”