As one of the most popular applications for mobile communications globally, it is not surprising that WhatsApp is rapidly becoming an essential tool for secure business communications. In a nut shell, WhatsApp encrypts text conversations and attachments, including files, images, video and audio.
Yet with its increased importance to business execution, enterprise organizations need to be concerned about safeguarding communications against well-known cybersecurity risks and compliance exposures that are endemic to WhatsApp. Companies should be equipped to:
This Android malware, only recently discovered, is known as SkyGoFree and has been in the wild since 2014. Attackers can take videos and pictures, access the phone's location and seize call records, all exposing the victim to any number of compromising situations and—for business and government users—could expose trade secrets and classified government material. Even a darker threat, a rogue government organization could wield its might and compel WhatsApp to give them access to supposedly private conversations. Skygofree has been described by Kaspersky Labs as “one of the most powerful spyware tools that we have ever seen”.
For enterprise pharmaceutical companies looking to grow in overseas markets, it’s time to adopt WhatsApp. The opportunity is too big to ignore. WhatsApp is where people are spending their time, talking to doctors, and discussing prescriptions. What’s holding your business back from joining them?