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Mobile Threat Defense: What the Analysts Think

Mobile Threat Defense: What the Analysts Think

1800 653 Joel Windels

The new iPhone 7 was revealed yesterday at a media event in San Francisco. I watched the live stream like millions of others and hoped that Apple would once again demonstrate how the technology will continue to shape our everyday lives.

Gartner recently released its Market Guide for Mobile Threat Defense for 2016. In it, security experts John Girard and Dionisio Zumerle take a close look at the technologies available to enterprises looking to mitigate attacks and protect corporate devices.

The guide is the first of its kind to provide an overview of the Mobile Threat Defense (MTD) sector and to offer recommendations for organizations wishing to safeguard against threats in mobility. The guide’s release underlines that, “it is becoming increasingly important that security leaders look at the anti-malware, mobile threat defense solutions market, the products available and how they should be used.”

Assessing the capabilities of technology vendors in the space against four functional capabilities, the analysts outline the key differences in the evaluated offerings.

The functionality capabilities

  • Device behavioral anomalies — MTD tools provide behavioral anomaly detection by tracking expected and acceptable use patterns.
  • Vulnerability assessments — MTD tools inspect devices for configuration weaknesses that will lead to malware execution.
  • Network security — MTD tools monitor network traffic and disable suspicious connections to and from mobile devices.
  • App scans — MTD tools identify “leaky” apps (meaning apps that can put enterprise data at risk) and malicious apps, through reputation scanning and code analysis.

Four out of four; six out of six


Of the 17 vendors included, five received unconditional check marks in all four areas, Wandera being one of them.

Wandera offers integrated compliance and cost management functionality, which was not included in the scope of the guide.

What is clear to us from the findings is that the time is now for businesses looking to securely manage their mobile data in a way that reaches beyond the capabilities of EMM, and that the emerging field of MTD is the only way to effectively mitigate risk and protect against threats at multiple levels.

Mobile security risks have become a serious, credible threat to organizations and the Market Guide recommends that MTD technologies are gradually adopted.

“Security leaders that have to settle for less-security-focused EMM solutions, due to usability requirements from their workforces, should look into this market and evaluate whether the promises of these solutions can enhance their mobile endpoint security posture. MTD solutions that are integrated with EMM to provide synergy and easier deployment will have a greater impact. Security leaders that have decided their endpoints need MTD now should act tactically and not wait for market consolidation.”– John Girard, ‎VP & distinguished analyst AND Dionisio Zumerle, research director at Gartner in the market guide for mobile threat defense, 2016

From our perspective, Wandera is a stand-out vendors in the guide, and is uniquely positioned with its powerful ecosystem of partnerships, including sophisticated integrations with leading EMM technologies like MobileIron and Airwatch.

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