7 Mobile Threat Defense Tips

Best Practices For MTD



Steven Lerner
05/17/2019

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In the fight to protect mobile devices from security attacks, enterprises could use as much help as possible. One of the principal tools to aid in this is a mobile threat defense (MTD) platform, which is a necessity in the enterprise.

With an increase in mobile cyber incidents, enterprises need to protect against these potential threats. MTD can be utilized to pinpoint potential mobile vulnerabilities before they become exposed by hackers.

Gartner estimates that 30% of organizations will have MTD by 2020, which would be up from 10% in 2018. For those enterprises using this solution, here are seven tips to follow:

1. A Gradual Adoption

Companies should try to mitigate mobile risks immediately, but even Rome wasn’t built in a day. When it comes to mobile threat defense, slower might be better. In 2018, Gartner recommended that organizations introduce these solutions gradually, because a moderate inclination can offer a safe approach. There are some exceptions to this, such as sectors that are regulated or considered to be high security risk, and will this need a more expedited adoption.

2. Conduct Regular Audits

It is imperative that organizations conduct internal mobile security risk assessments periodically. This procedure is often outlined in written policies that are administered by mobility leaders. These risk assessments are used to gauge the security aptitude of the organization, as well as if the organization has been following regulations. MTD can be used with other solutions, such as a unified endpoint management (UEM) tool, to shed some light on these audits.

3. Monitor In Real Time

Enterprises must be proactive in the fight to prevent mobile security threats. In order to properly combat against these threats, all solutions (including Mobile Threat Defense) should offer real-time insights in potential security risks. This is especially critical given the vulnerabilities of mobile devices.

4. Use Mobile Threat Defense To Spot Malicious Updates

The assumption is usually that updated mobile operating systems are fully secure, but that is not accurate. There are still plenty of vulnerabilities within the operating systems, and hackers could easily take advantage of that. Third-party mobile applications in particular could also auto-update with malicious content being uploaded. Organizations should use MTD to pinpoint these potential risks.

5. Determine If Access Should Be Revoked

Users might sometimes be connected to a network that is deemed to be malicious in nature. Mobile threat defense can be leveraged to determine if there is a risk to the network. Along with an enterprise mobility management tool, administers should then revoke or restrict access to certain types of apps or data. This protocol should be followed if the device has been compromised. Once the issue has been remediated, access can be restored.

6. Integrate With Other Tools

The MTD solution is only good if it works with the other tools that the enterprise has for mobile device management and security. For example, if an enterprise is utilizing a UEM tool, then Gartner recommends integrating the MTD solution with it. This will allow for a more seamless deployment. By integrating it with the other solutions, an enterprise will be able to improve its mobile security posture.

7. Remind Employees About New Deployments

It can be risky to depend on employees to go to the app store and download the latest version of the MTD solution. Some employees may forget about these updates, and so the enterprise must ensure that they remember. Many organizations are using push notifications or email reminders to get employees on the same page. A MTD solution is strong when all employees have the most updated version, so companies need to be proactive in this area.

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