Gartner recently released its fourth Market Guide for Mobile Threat Defense and once again Wandera has been recognized as a representative vendor. The market guide provides an assessment of the MTD market, reviews key vendors, and makes recommendations for those companies evaluating mobile security solutions.

It’s the strongest market guide for MTD to date, positioning MTD as far more than just a security add-on. As the threat landscape continues to evolve, so does the need for MTD, hence the reason why Gartner expects 30% of organizations to have an MTD in place by 2020. Use cases continue to materialize with one strong driver of adoption being protection against mobile phishing.

Phishing is rife

90% of data breaches start with a phishing attack and 56% of companies have experienced a mobile phishing incident. Evidence in the Gartner guide further suggests that business users are increasingly falling victim to phishing attacks that are occuring on mobile devices and outside of corporate email. It’s clear that adequate protection needs to be put in place to protect end users from these new phishing attack vectors where there is currently a distinct lack of security.

Mobile devices are prime targets for phishing: smaller screens, imprecise clicking and an inability for vigilant users to inspect key indicators, like lock icons and URLs. What’s more, phishing has evolved way beyond email to SMS, social media, messaging platforms and ad networks. Organizations are typically well fortified against email phishing, but little is done to offer sufficient protection against the broader nature of phishing, which inevitably increases a company’s attack surface.

Detection time also needs to be considered when evaluating the efficacy of an MTD solution. Some MTDs are only able to detect known threats, those that have been previously identified and shared by researchers, but the most dangerous phishing campaigns are zero day and unknown to any threat intelligence tool. Wandera’s solution uses advanced machine learning to provide zero day phishing protection; it is the only MTD vendor to block phishing attacks the first time they are encountered.

App vetting is gaining traction

App vetting was another callout from the guide and identified as a feature where enterprises are seeing significant value. The capacity to analyze apps, determine whether they comply with corporate guidelines and feed this back into policy has been important in ensuring devices meet basic security hygiene. Without an MTD in place, there is no real way of determining how apps are behaving and whether they pose a risk.

MTD supports Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA)

What’s particularly exciting about this year’s market guide is how MTDs are being deployed to secure access for any device. Unmanaged devices pose a security headache for IT teams – how can employees be enabled to work from anywhere on any device without sacrificing security?

ZTNA has been touted as the way companies should approach the era of cloud and mobility, one method of achieving this is by using a software-defined perimeter (SDP). As stated in the guide, MTD is being seen as a component of SDP and the use of continuous conditional access helps companies make contextually aware access decisions.

With the trajectory of network security destined for ZTNA, companies need to consider vendor roadmaps and how it aligns with their own. Wandera’s Mobile Private Access enables ZTNA and is the only vendor named in the report that is able to accommodate this.

Alex Cherian, Program Director at IBM, echoes the need for companies to adopt MTD to achieve ZTNA:

“As endpoints and mobile devices continue to gain traction among users as the preferred means to access corporate data both on-premise and in the cloud, the security risks associated with accessing critical corporate data has reached unprecedented levels. Combining Mobile Threat Defense (MTD) with Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) enables enterprises to extend the zero trust framework to devices and data, ensuring best in class security.”

Manageability remains central

In the past, Gartner has highlighted UEM and SIEM integration for deployments and event monitoring. Now we see more consolidation happening with a steer toward unified reporting via UEM and EPP. According to the Cisco 2019 CISO Benchmark Study, CISOs are looking to invest more in security defense technologies, but at the same time, consolidate vendors. Wandera provides a comprehensive solution to manage and secure mobile workforces, offering extensive integrations with UEM, SIEM, and EPP/EDR platforms.

Mobile Threat Defense offers technological and vendor consolidation for companies tackling the security and access challenges of an increasingly cloud footprint and mobile workforce. If you are interested in finding out about how Wandera can help you with your security, access and policy problems, feel free to get in touch.