The exploding popularity of smartphones and tablets has created a major new threat vector: the mobile application. With the large volume of apps now available, cybercriminals can easily disguise and distribute malicious code to unsuspecting victims. In fact, Webroot has found only 46% of Android apps scanned in 2014 were trustworthy or benign, compared to 80% in 2012.
The BrightCloud Mobile App Reputation Service helps vendors who provide mobile management and security solutions address the new security vulnerabilities that mobility creates. Powered by the Webroot® Intelligence Network (WIN), the service continuously analyzes applications from app stores and other online sources, identifying threats and allowing IT security admins to restrict access to applications based on individual polices and risk tolerance. Webroot partners can now integrate one of the most powerful app reputation services on the market, leveraging intelligence on millions of mobile apps to deliver safe and compliant applications.
Webroot has streamlined the process of analysis to provide concise classification and other information on mobile apps. A six-tiered classification enables Webroot partners to implement effective mobile app usage policies. This provides flexibility for MDMs, mobile carriers and app market providers to decide how to use the app information and adapt it for specific management requirements. Despite the high volume of new and available mobile apps, Webroot helps partners ensure that their customers are protected.
Webroot Research has witnessed a 1370% growth in mobile malware samples over the past two years.