Each year, Jamf Threat Labs analyses the threats impacting devices running across hybrid work environments. As with every year, the report is inciteful as it is interesting.
Last year, Jamf looked at how the adoption of remote technologies impacted the security posture of businesses globally. And while many organisations were still in the migration process to remote and hybrid work environments, the focus this year is on how the threat landscape has adapted and how these trends represent a security risk to organisations from existing threats – and newly evolved ones.
This year’s report aims to explore five key security trends impacting organisations, with users connecting remotely to a multitude of apps and services hosted in private and public data centres, relying on various cross-platform mobile devices.
Some notable finding’s from the report:
- In 2022, 31% of organisations had at least one user fall victim to a phishing attack.
- 21% of employees were using devices that were misconfigured, exposing them to risk.
- 16% of users were found to be exposing sensitive data, by connecting to risky hotspots.
- 21.7% of Android devices accessed third-party app stores, (which often provide versions of legitimate apps that contain malicious code), compared to 0.002% of iOS users.
- New malware infections went down, from just over 150 million to ~100 million infections, however malicious network traffic continued to be more prevalent.
Amongst other findings, the report also highlights routine tasks, such as patch management is not occurring across all devices. 1 in every 5 devices ran an operating system that was not up to date – leaving the devices themselves at risk, in-turn placing organisations at risk. The latest report also puts a spotlight on privacy, providing us with greater insight into the importance of privacy to overall enterprise security – no longer should it be an afterthought.
As we have now surpassed the three-year mark since the global pandemic began, the focus has shifted from “how do we continue business operations” to “how do we keep remote users and organisational resources continually protected?”. This couldn’t be truer or more visible than in the second half of 2022, with the Office of Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) recently reporting a 26% increase in breaches1, including several large-scale breaches impacting millions of Australians.
Along with key recommendations for developing a security strategy that fits the needs of today’s modern environment, the full report is packed with insights and additional information for any modern workforce.
If you’re wanting to bolster your organisations security posture and implement a more modern security strategy as recommended in the Jamf 360 report, reach out to the Mac Centre team.