MobileIron, Zimperium Team Up For Machine-Learning Mobile Security

The writing is on the wall, but not enough enterprises are reading.

That’s the case with mobile threat defense, as malware continues to infiltrate the enterprise while businesses are desperately trying to leave behind desktop computers and legacy systems. For two mobile security solution providers, this has become an obvious time to join forces and aid the masses.

MobileIron and Zimperium have announced a collaboration to help enterprises adopt mobile malware solutions. MobileIron will integrate Zimperium’s machine learning-based threat detection with MobileIron’s security and compliance engine and sell the combined solution, which will address challenges like detecting device, network, and application threats and immediately take automated actions to protect enterprise data.

“Mobile attacks are growing at a rate of more than 100% over the last two years and we’ve seen a corresponding rise in IT department interest in mobile security and mobile threat defense in particular,” said CCS Insight Vice President Nicholas McQuire in a statement. “Over 35% of IT decision makers now list device security, malware and threat protection as the biggest priorities for investment in enterprise mobility and security in 2017. In our view, the integration of EMM and MTD is crucial in addressing customer needs today and is also an important area of innovation for leading technology suppliers in the future.”

The current state of mobile malware is a gloomy one, as there are some two dozen known types of threats, which are outlined in this report. While businesses have every reason to be concerned about the growing threats, much of the fear originates in the unknown as there is a dearth of knowledge surrounding malware. Most companies don’t truly understand what it is or how exactly it can enter and attack their devices and, ultimately, their data.

The collaboration with Zimperium furthers MobileIron’s desire to secure the entire landscape, as earlier this year the company launched an IoT security division, led by Santosh Noir. Securing IoT – which is based on the expansion of connected mobile devices – will be a key component to mobile transformation going forward.

It’s predicted that by decade’s end there will be 20 to 50 billion connected devices across the globe, and by the end of 2017, there will be more mobile devices in use than living humans on the planet.

The MobileIron and Zimperium collaboration will be especially useful in the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) setting, as IT administrators can deploy a security solution to devices not corporately owned.

As previously reported by Enterprise Mobility Exchange, ABI Research Principal Analyst Ryan Martin believes that despite using either method (BYOD or COPE) there is no one way to secure data within an enterprise due to the unpredictability of users, whether intended or not. It's the human element component - without malicious intent - that creates security issues for either platform.

“The BYOD vs. COPE conversation ultimately comes down to minimizing security concerns related to the ‘human element,’” Martin said. “And for this, there isn’t a silver bullet.”

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