There are some interesting, but uninformed comments on this article that I will try my best to address with useful answers and reference links, particularly those started by Anonymous Coward and those who share these views.
- on being a "virtually unknown 'security' outfit": For our many Fortune 500 and other enterprise customers, every major analyst organization and the mobile security community at large, Skycure is very well known and respected. Two proof points are that 1) Symantec just acquired Skycure to address mobile security for all of their enterprise customers and 2) Frost & Sullivan awarded Skycure Company of the Year. See references -
- on whether iOS devices are truly vulnerable in at least 7 ways (graphic) and whether social engineering is a thing: Only currently possible iOS infiltration methods are included in the graphic, even if the well-known examples listed are not as recent, and most are successfully executed through social engineering. Note that malware infiltrations mostly do NOT come from the App Store, which everyone acknowledges does a great job of staying very clean. And yet, those following the news will see that the Pegasus spyware and many other serious exploits do find their way onto iOS devices through clever and effective social engineering methods. There is a constant stream of legitimate vulnerabilities patched regularly by Apple, like the ones used by the Pegasus spyware (note the 47 security patches in the iOS 10.3.3 update), and also vulnerabilities by design that Apple simply tries to make harder to exploit, like malicious profiles. See references -
- on whether "tripled" iOS devices infected is meaningless: First, those interested in the data to back up the numbers should read the report (https://www.skycure.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Skycure-10YrsofiOS-MobileThreatIntelligenceReport_2017Q1.pdf) and not just this article. Second, it is true that the number of infected iOS devices is small and typically far lower than that of Android, yet a tripling of that number is still a huge concern to our enterprise customers who cannot allow even a single breach that may cost millions and their good reputations. This perception may be different to an individual consumer, but our enterprise customers greatly appreciate the essential protections that Skycure provides against very real threats.
- on iOS market share: A number of reputable sources are all reporting that iOS market share is growing in the US. Here is one article among many that also shows iOS shares growing in Great Britain, France, Italy, Spain, Australia and Japan, all locations where Android is growing more slowly or even losing share -
Please click on all of the included links for additional information, then feel free to contact us directly with any additional concerns or questions you may have. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Brian Duckering, Head of Product Marketing, Skycure - now part of Symantec