Gartner recently released the latest version of the Market Guide for Mobile Threat Defense (MTD), which has a significant update to MTD’s definition and splits the technology into distinct categories. Vendors have been broken down into three groups: all-round MTD, network-focused MTD and bundled MTD offerings with EPP, UES or UEM. Wandera is the only vendor to feature in both the all-round and network-focused MTD lists.

MTD is a category that continues to grow in terms of maturity and use cases, extending beyond preventing threats on iOS and Android devices. Emergent use cases for MTD include being a component for Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) and extended detection and response (XDR) systems. The guide also highlights app vetting and mobile phishing as key drivers for MTD adoption.

The Market Guide details:

  • Market definition, description and direction for MTD
  • Market analysis which includes deployment options and use cases
  • A list of Representative MTD vendors
  • Market recommendations for those looking to adopt MTD

Mobile Threat Defense (MTD) and Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA)

If you’re not quite sure what ZTNA is, here’s a quick primer on the subject and here’s Gartner’s Market Guide for ZTNA, which should give you a comprehensive overview. Essentially, a ZTNA solution provides secure access for any user, from any device to any application. It is a modern alternative for legacy technologies like VPN and the category has accrued significant interest from companies wanting to implement consistent access and security controls for remote workers.

Gartner has identified MTD as a component for ZTNA implementations for iOS and Android devices. As an MTD endpoint agent can feed into the trust broker for ZTNA, it can provide a risk-based assessment of the device and factor this into the access decision. If the device has malware installed or is using a risky connection, the ZTNA solution can make the decision to prevent access depending on the policy implemented.

MTD is also identified by Gartner as key for implementing ZTNA for BYOD. As ZTNA establishes secure tunnels between devices and applications, policy can be set so that access is only granted when an MTD is operating on the device, helping ensure that an endpoint is healthy when unmanaged. Wandera provides MTD and ZTNA capabilities beyond just the mobile operating systems including Windows 10 and macOS.

Mobile Threat Defense (MTD) and Unified Endpoint Security (UES) or Extended Detection & Response (XDR)

Gartner highlights how MTD is an important component of UES or XDR systems, extending traditional endpoint security vendors’ support to iOS and Android devices. Where mobile visibility is limited for Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR) solutions, MTD helps fill this void.

MTD capabilities continue to expand and mature, contributing to strategic initiatives like ZTNA, Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) and UES as well as helping businesses handle modern mobility challenges such as BYOD and remote access.

If you’re interested in learning more about Wandera’s MTD and ZTNA capabilities, please feel free to get in touch.