To manage mobile devices, organizations leverage the services of management solutions such as Mobile Device Management (MDM), Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) or Unified Endpoint Management (UEM). These platforms allow to manage all mobile endpoints and configurations: Android, iOS, Android Enterprise (BYOD, COPE, etc.)…

When it comes to securing mobile devices, legacy security solutions such as antivirus or standard Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) have quickly reached their limits facing the versatility of the mobile attack surface. New security solutions entirely designed for mobile devices, called Mobile Threat Defense (MTD), have now become a must have.

EDR and MTD are technologies you may have heard of, but what makes them different? And how are they complementary? Here are some clarifications.

From EDR to MTD: The security solutions

As well as management tools, the market for cybersecurity solutions has evolved to adapt to new mobile usages and associated security risks. While computers are protected by antivirus or EDR, the same solutions were initially used to secure mobile devices. But quickly, they proved to be inefficient at tackling mobile threats specifically, for the following main reasons:

  • Versatility of threats: most malwares do not have a virus signatures and the threats vary from one OS to another. They operate totally differently from computer threats.
  • Instantaneity of attacks: mobile threats depend on user behaviors (open WiFi connection, new application installed, OS not updated…) which varies constantly, as opposed to computer on which usages are less dynamic.
  • Wider surface: a mobile can be compromised through applications, network connections or OS vulnerabilities, representing as many attack vectors.
  • Mobile applications: 61% of mobile apps abusively collect users’ data. They are the source of most data theft and leakage, and require a specific behavioral analysis to be uncovered. (Source: Mobile Threat Landscape, Pradeo, 2020)

Unlike antivirus and EDR, MTD solutions focus primarily on protecting devices by securing the three entry points that hackers use to compromise the integrity of a smartphone: the applications, the network and the operating system. This technology’s undeniable advantage lies in its ability to detect and block threats in real time before data theft and/or fraud are committed.

A MTD agent comes as a mobile application that is easily deployed on mobile devices through an UEM solution. This agent monitors in real time the security of the devices and detects/blocks malwares, intrusive applications and phishing attempts, among other threats.

Why combine UEM and MTD?

With the recent surge of cyberattacks and the emergence of stiffer data protection regulations in the past few years (GDPR, PSD2…), Mobile Threat Defense helps organizations keep their corporate and personal data safe.

MTD completes UEMs’ core mission to ensure a smooth management of mobile devices by protecting them. Both technologies are highly complementary and by combining them, IT teams ensure an easy and unified management of their mobile fleet while securing the integrity of data and preventing data leakage.

Famoc’s partnership with European mobile security leader Pradeo

Famoc encourages the use of Pradeo Security Mobile Threat Defense solution. As the European mobile security leader, Pradeo provides a complete and automatic protection of mobile devices and applications while preserving business agility.

Pradeo Security is recognized for its leading technology and advanced security capabilities by Gartner, IDC and Frost & Sullivan. Its artificial intelligence-based technology provides a reliable detection of known, unknown and advanced threats to prevent data leakage and reinforce compliance with data privacy regulations.

To try Pradeo Security Mobile Threat Defense for free, contact the FAMOC sales team at sales@famoc.com.