The High Risk of Third-Party Apps

The High Risk of Third-Party Apps

The High Risk of Third-Party AppsThe 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.

Explosive Increase in Apps: Part IExplosive 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.

Explosive Increase in Apps: Part IIExplosive 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.

The Risks of Connected Third-Party AppsThe 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.

Largest Consumers: Tech, Media, EducationLargest 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.

Apps and Installs Per OrganizationApps 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.

Risks Across the BoardRisks 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.

All Regions at RiskAll 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%

Top 10 Risky AppsTop 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

Apps Banned Due to Security ConcernsApps 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.

Top 10 Banned AppsTop 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

Top Trusted AppsTop Trusted Apps

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

Karen A. Frenkel
Karen A. Frenkel
Karen A. Frenkel is a contributor to CIO Insight. She covers cybersecurity topics such as digital transformation, vulnerabilities, phishing, malware, and information governance.

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