UAE and KSA attractive targets for mobile hacks
ESET partners with Axiom Telecom to increase mobile protection awareness in the UAE and KSA
Security protection firm, ESET, has partnered with Axiom Telecom to drive awareness on the importance for mobile protection in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
With the GCC's two most populated countries boasting region-leading mobile penetration rates, the personal data and sensitive information processed on smartphones and tablets has made the Gulf nations attractive target for potential cyber attackers.
According to ESET's "Trends for 2016: (In) Security Everywhere" report, results found a significant increase in the number of malware variants for mobile platforms with hundreds of malicious apps distributed through official stores.
Furthermore, in 2015, over 500,000 Android users were targeted by fake phishing apps on Google Play which, if installed, would have harvested users' Facebook log in details and personal information.
As part of the partnership, Axiom will distribute ESET Mobile Security hanging cards for Android smartphones and tablets in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, whilst ESET Mobile Security will be part of Axiom's value-added services.
"The UAE and Saudi Arabia are leading the region with 74.6% and 73.6%, respectively, of each nation's population anticipated to use Internet-ready mobile phones and devices by 2018. As the number of devices continues to grow, the challenges people face to keep their information secure also increases," said Neo Neophytou, managing director at ESET Middle East.
He added: "Our partnership with Axiom aims to protect and educate users against the growing number of mobile malware and other threats that many individuals are unaware of."
ESET Mobile Security is designed to maximise mobile security and allow users to use their mobile devices in less secure environments. Mobile users are enabled with ESET's advanced protection as they navigate the Internet, open suspicious email and chat messages, or download apps from third parties.