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'Hand in Your Resignation'
Meanwhile, a new report from security firm TrendMicro indicates that the number of malicious or high-risk Android apps has increased by 350,000 in the last six months alone, and, if they continue growing at this rate, the total population could hit more than a million by the end of 2013.
Laura DiDio, an analyst with Information Technology Intelligence Consulting, told us, "If you are an IT manager, and this doesn't make you think twice, it's time to hand in your resignation."
She noted that the percentage of malware targeted at Android, 79 percent, is the same as that platform's percentage of the world market -- 79.3 percent in Q2, according to IDC. The two percentages, DiDio indicated, are obviously related, in that malware creators' interest in a platform is directly proportional to how many users it has.
But obviously this relationship does not hold for Apple's iOS, whose 13.2 percent market share is far greater than this memo's 0.7 percent of malware. The difference, DiDio said, is that "Apple is a 40-year-old company," and has had much more experience dealing with malware than Google has.
She predicted that IT departments would not be inclined to avoid Android devices because of such reports, but that they will continue to "make sure strong security policies and implementation are in effect."