In a recent report from Gartner, they outlined their predictions for 2017 in the realm of endpoint and mobile security. In the wake of an increasingly hostile threat environment, this is a thoughtful report aimed at helping IT professionals shape their information security strategy in 2017. Gartner begins by identifying some important things Mobile Threat Defense (MTD) solutions are doing to better protect mobile devices and data:
- “Mobile threat defense (MTD) solutions combine signature-based checks with behavioral anomaly detection on the device, network and app layer.”
- “MTD products emphasize individual protection rather than enterprise monitoring.”
- “Many MTD players are partnering with EMM suites to collaborate with mobile device management (MDM) tools and act in the case of an identified threat on a device.
Most modern MTD solutions also encompass other capabilities like behavior anomaly detection, vulnerability assessment, network security, and app scans. Throughout the report, Gartner continues to outline some eye-opening findings:
- “Mobile attacks (Pegasus, XcodeGhost) and vulnerabilities (Stagefright, Heartbleed) are increasing in terms of both number and pragmatism.”, and
- “Non-signature-based anti-malware solutions are increasingly effective and will soon displace local endpoint signature database maintenance”, and
- “The $4 billion enterprise market for endpoint protection is dominated by incumbent endpoint protection platform (EPP) vendors that are overly reliant on aging, signature-based detection.”
Following the observations in the final bullet above, Gartner concludes that “Non-signature-based malware prevention also represents a strategic and preferred alternative [to EPP], since the usefulness of signature approaches is declining as more effective alternatives are demonstrated.” In the MTD section of the report, Gartner suggests that any organization evaluating their information security architecture should “evaluate and implement MTD solutions to strengthen their mobile security posture as a complement to EMM.” Gartner also projects, in their “Market Guide for Mobile Threat Defense Solutions” report, that “By 2018, 80% of organizations with MTD solutions in place will integrate them with their enterprise mobility management (EMM) solutions, which is an increase from the fewer-than-5% current estimate.”
The full report is a great resource for any IT professional who is looking to bolster their mobile security solutions in 2017 and is available for purchase through Gartner. Plus, Be sure to read more about how Skycure and MobileIron teamed up to help New York Life keep their mobile users safe and check out this quick video on how Skycure complements EMM solutions.