BPFI has partnered with An Garda Síochána in supporting Mobile Malware Awareness week, a pan-European awareness campaign by Europol taking place from 24th to 28th October 2016 as part of European Cyber Security Month (ESCM). With over 20 participating countries, the campaign aims to raise awareness of the main mobile malware threats and to help people and businesses better protect their mobile devices from cybercrime.
According to figures presented by An Garda Síochána at the campaign launch, at least 70% of Irish people use smart phones equalling approximately 2.3 million devices. Additionally 1.7 million people have access to a tablet/mobile device. With vast amounts of personal data now being stored on mobile devices including financial information, personal photographs and location history, the Garda Cyber Crime Bureau (GCCB) is alerting consumers and business that this information may be at risk if a mobile device is subjected to a malware attack.
As part of the mobile malware awareness campaign at European level, Europol has –produced a suite of material , guidance and tips which explains how to perform in a secure way every day activities such as downloading apps, internet banking, connection to WI-FI and how to avoid becoming a victim of mobile ransomware. These materials can be viewed below and further information on the campaign can be found at Europol’s website here