Check Point: Emerging Mobile Threats, How to Prevent Them

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  • OLEG MOGILEVSKY, Product Marketing Manager, Threat Prevention, at Check Point Software Technologies

It has never been more challenging for security and risk management leaders to protect the organiZation’s mobile devices and strengthen its mobile security posture. But today, the challenge is even more complicated – with an expanded attack surface due to the mass mobiliZation of the global workforce to the home.

In the age of the COVID-19-driven new normal, the remote workforce is using mobile devices to access corporate data, often over public Wi-Fi networks that are easy to compromise, sending more emails, messaging more often, and sharing more files than ever.

The result is that exposure and risk are at unprecedented levels. In fact, since March 2020, researchers at Check Point observed an enormous rise in the number of attacks and data breaches originating through the mobile endpoint.

The fundamentals of an effective mobile threat defense

To help security leaders choose a mobile security solution that is robust, comprehensive, designed to keep their organization and sensitive data safe, we have outlined the core principles that make mobile security truly effective these days:

Principle #1: 360° protection of all attack vectors

Mobile devices have three key vectors of attack – the device’s operating system, apps, and the network. Consequently, the optimal mobile device security solution must demonstrate advanced capabilities for securing each of these three vectors.

Principle #2: Full visibility into the risk level of the mobile workforce

Having a complete picture of the organization’s mobile security posture is critical to effectively mitigating risk and accelerating response when needed. The most effective tool for bridging the gap and for managing mobile threats is an advanced and intuitive visual dashboard that provides real-time threat intelligence with visibility into the threats that are impacting the mobile fleet.

Principle #3: Scalability, for securing thousands of devices in no time 

The different types of devices and operating systems that comprise an organization’s fleet of mobile devices are many, including iOS and Android, bring your own devices (BYOD), and corporate-owned units. What this means is that the optimal mobile security solution must be able to support every device type, operating system, and device-ownership model. And, as the organization grows, it should also be able to scale without adding complexity to the security operation.

Principle #4: Maximizing the user experience

There is no doubt that the mobile device is a strategic enabler of productivity. Introducing any interruption to the employee’s mobile user experience due to background activity of the mobile security solution will hinder performance. And this is clearly unacceptable. Accordingly, the optimal mobile protection solution must avoid impact on device usability, the browsing experience, data consumption, and battery life.

Principle #5: Ensuring privacy by design

Ensuring employee privacy is an additional critical mandate. Though ensuring data privacy can be very challenging when operating in a BYOD model, and particularly at a time when the lines between using mobile devices for work versus personal needs have become blurred following the coronavirus outbreak and global work from home directives. Nevertheless, going soft on privacy is not an option. As such, the optimal mobile security solution must also be designed for uncompromising privacy protection. (/)

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