iOS and malware equals scary stuff for 1 billion people

by | Sep 21, 2015 | Business Continuity

iOS and malware? Yes, even Apple is vulnerable to cyberhacking.

It is another bad week for Apple, just on the heels of a buggy release of iOS 9, it has been reported that Apple has suffered their first major security breach. iOS and malware: not two words that we expected to hear together anytime soon.

Apparently, no one, not even Apple’s iOS is immune to malware and hacking. The rumor on the street is that somehow hackers “convinced” legitimate developers to use a tainted version of its XCode development software and hundreds of apps have been affected. And, at this point, that’s what we know for certain. There is no information about steps users can take to confirm whether their devices have been infected or confirmation that all the corrupt apps have been removed or when healthy ones will become available.

Palo Alto Networks Director of Threat Intelligence Ryan Olson said this breach is “a pretty big deal” because it showed that the App Store could be compromised if hackers infected machines of software developers writing legitimate apps. It also may give other attackers the idea to copy that approach, which is hard to defend against.

So, what does this mean? It means cyberhacking can happen to anyone, no matter what safeguards are in place. No matter what, there is a loophole and it is just a matter of time until the wrong people find it, and exploit it.

According to Steve Nice, the chief technologist at Node4 “The most important thing that all business should bear in mind is they need to use best practices regardless of the system they use. Businesses need to assume they will be hacked by default. The threat landscape is ever evolving and end users have to be able to trust technology companies.”

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What should you do as a business decision maker? While companies—large and small—need to take protective steps to protect or at least discourage attacks, there needs to be a plan in place for when the unimaginable becomes reality.  What would happen if hackers took your systems hostage or infected it, rendering it useless, with some malware? Make sure you can answer that question before it is too late. Remember: no one ever thought we’d be talking about iOS and malware in the same sentence, but here we are. No one ever thinks it will happen to them, but when it does, the effects can be devastating.

Have a question about your plan B, Invenio IT is here to help as one of New York’s premiere business continuity specialists.

Tracy Rock is the Director of Marketing at Invenio IT. Tracy is responsible for all media-related initiatives as well as external communications—including, branding, public relations, promotions, advertising and social media. She is one busy lady and we are lucky to have her!