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Mobile App Security Risky Across Sectors

June 12, 2018 / Kacy Zurkus

While mobile app security is an issue across all sectors, 50% of apps that come from media and entertainment businesses are putting users at risk. New research from BitSight found that a significant percentage of mobile apps across multiple industries have high-severity vulnerabilities. “Mobile apps pose significant risks, such as data leakage, credential theft and unencrypted personally identifiable information when not properly secured,” Dan Dahlberg, technical director, Bitsight, said in an email. Analyzing data from over 10,000 companies across the categories of business services, finance, tech, education and media, BitSight learned that more than half of the music, news, media, publishing and entertainment companies failed their high-severity tests. Over 10% of those media and entertainment apps that failed have unencrypted location data, which could allow attackers to access a user’s GPS location. In addition, the research suggested that because one in four fina...