You’ve undoubtedly seen the flashy cybersecurity headlines:
These are all forms of mobile malware that have affected mobile devices in recent years. While the various strains of malware continue to branch out and replicate, actual infected devices are few and far between. Far more prevalent, are the less glamourous, but just as dangerous instances of Man-in-the-Middle attacks.
A Common Instance
One of the highest priority risk factors for CISOs in 2019, according to IDG, is Wi-Fi interference. This is no surprise considering Wi-Fi usage is growing exponentially worldwide. As the enterprise workforce grows increasingly mobile-based, public Wi-Fi networks have become inundated with corporate traffic.
What many fail to realize is that tablets, cell phones and laptops are only as safe as the networks they connect to. Selecting that Free Airport Wi-Fi network could mean a secure device like an iPhone leaks sensitive information over-the-air. MITM attacks that exploit these insecure access points can cost organizations millions of dollars in damages.
The Anatomy of a Man-in-the-Middle Attack
Man-in-the-Middle attacks come in a variety of different strains. The baseline definition is when a third-party entity intercepts the communications between a device and a legitimate server, over the network.
These attacks can be fairly simple to execute. For example, all an inexperienced hacker requires in order to carry out a MITM attack is an inexpensive piece of equipment that creates a Wi-Fi network.
The culprit simply brings this device to a crowded place (a coffee shop for example) and waits for unsuspecting victims to connect. While the victim’s device does in fact, connect to the internet, the hacker creating the connection intercepts all communications between the device and the server.
The attacker doesn’t need to host the connection either. An insecure Wi-Fi network can be compromised remotely, if the attacker is close enough a wireless access point. Therefore, legitimate Wi-Fi can be infiltrated and in essence “spied on” by a third-party, with no one being the wiser.
How to Protect Yourself and Your Workers from a Man-in-the-Middle Attack
Leaving traffic unencrypted for mobile workers is simply not a risk that businesses today should be willing to take. NetMotion’s Mobility product ensures all traffic between the device and the data center remains fully encrypted, complying with CJIS standards. This means, even if a MITM attack were to take place, a hacker would be unable to decipher the encrypted traffic. If your business isn’t using an intelligent VPN solution, you’re leaving the door to your data wide open.
NetMotion’s Mobile IQ product provides paramount visibility into the networks end-users are connected to. Paired with mobility, it lets admins know where traffic is coming from and going to, no matter the device or network used. Therefore, connections to insecure networks, and MITM attacks can be recognized and called out instantly, giving admins the information they require to make critical real-time decisions.
Bottom line, don’t let your business fall victim to a preventable Man-in-the-Middle attack. Protect and secure your data with NetMotion.