The High Risk of Third-Party Apps

 
 
By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 06-30-2016 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    The High Risk of Third-Party Apps

    A steady move to the cloud and a surge in third-party apps are threatening security as APIs give potentially malicious sites access to corporate data.
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    Explosive Increase in Apps: Part I
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    Explosive Increase in Apps: Part I

    Third-party apps have increased by a factor of 30 during the last two years. From 2014 to 2016, CloudLock has seen them increase from 5,500 to 156,796.
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    Explosive Increase in Apps: Part II

    Third-party connected apps increased 19% in just the last three months, adding 25,000 to the total 156,796.
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    The Risks of Connected Third-Party Apps
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    The Risks of Connected Third-Party Apps

    27% of third-party apps connected to corporate environments are high risk, 58% are medium risk, and 15% low risk.
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    Largest Consumers: Tech, Media, Education
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    Largest Consumers: Tech, Media, Education

    On average, an organization's users connect 733 third-party apps to its environment. K-12 education organizations average 2,457 apps, and higher education has 1,582. Media and entertainment follow with 1,258 apps and the technology sector with 1,185.
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    Apps and Installs Per Organization
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    Apps and Installs Per Organization

    Over the last two years, the number of apps per average organization has increased from 130 to 733, a 600% rise. The average organization has 7,500 total installs.
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    Risks Across the Board
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    Risks Across the Board

    No matter how big the organization, all industries have even distributions of low, medium and high risk apps. Retail, for example, has 10% low risk, 58% medium risk, and 32% high risk apps per organization.
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    All Regions at Risk
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    All Regions at Risk

    Regardless of where they are located, corporations are at similar degrees of risk as follows: Europe, the Middle East and Africa: 9%, Asia-Pacific: 11%, Latin America: 12%, North America 15%
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    Top 10 Risky Apps
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    Top 10 Risky Apps

    The following apps are the top 10 most risky apps: Clash Royale, Goobric Web App, My Talking Tom, Evermusic, Music Player, Pingboard, 8 ball pool, Gunslugs 2, ZigZag, Fruit Ninja
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    Apps Banned Due to Security Concerns

    56% of apps have been banned because of security-related concerns. 24% were banned because of excessive access scope, and 19% for subpar vendor trustworthiness.
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    Top 10 Banned Apps

    The following apps are most commonly banned by organizations: WhatsApp Messenger, SoundCloud, Power Tools, Free Rider HD, Madden NFL Mobile, Zoho Accounts, Sunrise Calendar, Pinterest, Airbnb, CodeCombat
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    Top Trusted Apps

    Organizations trust these apps the most: Slack, Asana, Turnitin, Lucidchart, Smartsheet, LinkedIn, Zoom, Zendesk, Hubspot, Quizletoff
 

The cloud, combined with an explosion of third-party cloud apps, is posing major security issues for enterprises, according to a new study. The report, "The Explosion of Apps: 27% Are Risky," was conducted by the cyber-lab of CloudLock, a security vendor. "The shift to the cloud creates a new, virtual security perimeter that includes third-party apps granted access to corporate systems," said CloudLock Director of Customer Insights and Analytics Ayse Kaya Firat. "Today, most employees leverage a wide variety of apps to get their jobs done efficiently, unwittingly exposing corporate data and systems to malware and the possibility of data theft." As more organizations adopt cloud platforms and depend on connected third-party apps, it's important to closely monitor them because they have programmatic API access to corporate data. By extension, app vendors can view, delete, externalize and store corporate data. The report is based on an analysis of 10 million users, 1 billion files, and 160,000 unique applications. The report names the top 10 riskiest apps, the top 10 banned apps and the top 10 trusted apps and offers recommendations on how to securely manage third-party applications.

 
 
 
 
 
Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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