"Android's operating system is so heavily targeted because its system is flexible and easily adapted, so it's easy for cybercriminals to write malware," said Sam Bryce-Johnson, ANZ technical manager at Kaspersky Lab.
"Its success is also its downfall. As Android phones grow in popularity, they become more attractive for cyber criminals, as the malware they create is likely to reach a larger number of people than on other platforms."
Mr Bryce-Johnson predicted an increase in the quantity and effectiveness of Android malware, including the emergence of more personalised attacks.
"This is primarily about malware hunting for confidential data with which to steal money from users’ credit cards," he explained.
The company - along with other vendors such as Symantec - offers security software for Android devices.