"The jury is out in terms of how bad this could be for enterprises," said Andrew Jaquith, a senior analyst at Forrester Research. "At the moment, I don't perceive a lot of risk. The kinds of things [rogue apps] can do include rooting through your address book and looking through your music collection. This is, frankly, not that big of a deal. We are going to have to see some demonstration of real harm before enterprises will really have to get worked up about this."
Update 2 MINUTES ON... Meanwhile, not everyone believes mobile apps pose a signiﬁcant threat right now. The mobile application risk “The jury is out in terms of how bad this could be for enterprises,” said Andrew T he mobile application vest user data. Most recently, For enterprises and devel- Jaquith, a senior analyst at landscape is ﬂourish- Citigroup learned that its opers, awareness of the prob- Forrester Research. “At the ing. Currently, the iPhone mobile banking appli- lem is important, says Hering. moment, I don’t perceive average smartphone user has cation, unbeknownst to users, Developers must ensure their a lot of risk. The kinds of 22 apps installed and by 2012 saved conﬁdential account app is providing the appro- things [rogue apps] can do some 50 billion apps will information in a hidden ﬁle priate level of privacy and include rooting through your be downloaded each year, on the devices. security. Enterprises need address book and looking according to mobile security “In a world where mobile to educate end-users to pay through your music collec- company Lookout, citing app development is explod- attention to app ratings and tion. This is, frankly, not that statistics from Nielsen and ing so quickly, even apps you what apps have access to. A big of a deal. We are going Chetan Sharma Consulting. think you can trust may be simple game probably does to have to see some demon- But this growth has many leaking sensitive informa- not need to access a user’s stration of real harm before questioning the privacy and tion,” Hering said. phone book, for example. enterprises will really have to security risks of mobile apps. According to Lookout’s get worked up about this.” “We are starting to see App Genome Project, 14 per- Jaquith says organizations greater interest from mali- cious parties in the mobile platform. and one of the big- cent of free apps for Apple’s iPhone can access a user’s contact data. 33% of free iPhone apps
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