Vulnerability and patch management for iOS and Android
With tablets and smartphones now being used in nearly every business process, there is too much inherent risk in hoping that employees will keep their operating system and apps up to date. This was less of a risk when these devices were only being used to read email, but they now have the same access to data as every laptop and desktop.
With mobile devices now the key to productivity, cybercriminals are increasingly exploiting mobile vulnerabilities on outdated apps and OS versions to initiate their attack. Amplifying this risk, a single out-of-date app can expose the entire device to exploitation. Patching mobile vulnerabilities is a necessity.
Traditional vulnerability and patch management focused on servers, rather than endpoints. This was because desktops and laptops have been managed, used a common image and were regularly patched. Therefore, the primary vulnerability risk had been the unpatched server.
Today, it is only possible to ensure mobile devices run a minimum version of the operating system with mobile device management (MDM). But as employees increasingly use unmanaged personal smartphones and tablets for work, MDM cannot provide complete coverage. Traditional vulnerability management can’t fill this gap since it relies on devices attaching to the office network rather than home Wi-Fi or cellular networks.