In the past decade, the world went mobile, and businesses embraced this trend, allowing employees to work remotely from their mobile devices.

For several years now, organizations have implemented mobile management solutions (UEM, EMM, MDM, …) to safeguard workers’ mobile phones. These management solutions have helped streamline processes, they manage device lifecycles, and they create a managed workspace on smartphones and tablets. However, many organizations bought these solutions believing that once deployed, they would lock down the devices and offer comprehensive protection from mobile threats. This is a dangerous misconception.

So how can organizations enable a mobile workforce, while having the confidence that their sensitive corporate data is safe from cyber attacks?

By using the correct tool for the job.

Only by deploying a market-leading Mobile Threat Defense (MTD) solution, can organizations protect their fleet of mobile devices from threats across all attack vectors. MTDs prevent enterprise threats on iOS and Android devices using a variety of techniques, including machine learning and behavioral analysis based on mobile threat intelligence. MTD solutions offer protections for each of the three pillars of mobile security:

  • Operating systems: Protecting the device’s operating system against vulnerable configurations, OS exploits, advanced rooting/jailbreaking, etc.
  • Apps: Protecting against application-based risks, such as malicious apps that can exfiltrate data, malware embedded on seemingly legitimate apps, abuse of privileges, etc.
  • Networks: Protecting against network-based attacks, such as Man-in-the-Middle traps, data exfiltration to command & control servers, or phishing campaigns attempting to steal credentials.

Together, UEMs and MTDs can provide an integrated management, security and enforcement solution.

Read the white paper “Mobile Management Solutions are Not Security: Use the Best Tool to Secure Mobile Devices,” to understand the main use cases of management and mobile threat defense solutions, to understand how they differ, to see how mobile devices can be breached (even with a UEM solution in place), and to explore how your business can adopt a comprehensive and effective security approach to your mobile business.