Petrol Cans for E-Cars? Do Smartphones Need Anti-Virus Protection?
Humans are creatures of habits. Especially when it comes to security. Which makes it unsurprising that the virus-prone PC user wants anti-virus software to protect their iPhone or Android smartphone.
Some of the anti-virus companies out there will gladly step in to help, and not just out of the goodness of their hearts. But does it really make sense? Of course there are iPhone and Android viruses. And of course, there are attacks on smartphones too, but iOS and Android differ significantly in their architecture from Microsoft Windows.
The current version, Microsoft Windows 10, is primarily designed for the shared use of resources. The Windows Registry plays a central role, and users are still installing programs directly, despite the app store.
Smartphone operating systems, on the other hand, are as a rule, built according to the so-called sandbox system. This means that each app has its own individual area including memory space, and usually – apart from sideloads and jailbreaks – apps are downloaded from the app store. In such an environment, an iPhone virus or an Android virus has a hard time infecting the operating system. Thanks to the app stores it’s also quite difficult for a virus to end up on the smartphones. Even if Google doesn’t carry out as intensive checks as Apple, the developers are known and are blocked if a virus is suspected. But not only does an iPhone or Android virus have a hard time reaching a smartphone, it can also do little damage when it is in its own sandbox. But that’s not all: An antivirus software cannot easily identify a virus app, and even if this does happen, the antivirus software most often couldn’t even prevent the virus from doing its damage.
If it’s only about the security of the smartphone, it is recommended instead of using an antivirus software to only use apps from the app store or another secure source. While this is not possible without jailbreaking an Apple device, this can be ensured for Android devices using appropriate policies with Cortado Corporate Server.
The smartphone as an open door for malware
But of course an iPhone or Android virus, which is harmless on the smartphone, can get into the corporate network. At this point, companies need to take precautionary measures. Many have already invested in antivirus software for the server side. Cortado Corporate Server allows this to be also used for smartphones. It inspects every file that is to be transferred from the smartphone to the corporate network. Cortado Corporate Server supports the ICAP protocol, which can be used to check the existing, server-side antivirus software.
To round up, if you follow a few rules and implement them with the help of policies and Cortado Corporate Server, you don’t need to fear viruses on your smartphone. To avoid the risk of viruses spreading via smartphones, it’s recommended to use Cortado Corporate Server and its file inspection.
For more information on Cortado Corporate Server’s security concept, please refer to the Data Security with Cortado Corporate Server whitepaper.