Industry Insights with Joni Moore

Endpoint Security , Enterprise Mobility Management / BYOD , Governance & Risk Management

Mobile Endpoint Security for an Effective SASE Strategy

Providing Security for Company-Owned and BYOD Devices

As organizations continue to adopt hybrid and remote work models, employees are no longer working behind office firewalls. Access to highly sensitive data can now come from anywhere, on any device and on any network, even those not managed by the enterprise.

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The rise of "work from anywhere" initiatives has led to a vastly expanded attack surface spread across a fast-growing number of exposed and exploitable endpoints - including mobile endpoints, which are often bring your own devices, or BYOD.

Despite these growing security challenges, it appears that hybrid work is here to stay. In light of this new norm and in response to the inadequacy of legacy, perimeter-based security in cloud-centric enterprise environments, Gartner envisioned what’s known as SASE, or Secure Access Service Edge - a concept that has become one of the hottest trends in cloud security.

Gartner’s SASE framework integrates security and network connectivity technologies into a unified, cloud-delivered platform to enable the secure and fast adoption of cloud services. Through the convergence of networking and network security, SASE meets the challenges of digital business transformation, edge computing and workforce mobility.

Take a look at this white paper to learn how to strengthen cloud security with SASE.

Mobile Endpoint Security

Gartner forecasts that by 2025, 60% of enterprise organizations will have strategies and timelines for SASE adoption for users, branches, and edge access.

If your organization is like most, your SASE strategy will start with determining how to secure remote access for an increasingly ubiquitous mobile workforce. This means securing access to applications -software-as-a-service - or SaaS - or private apps - that your remote workers need to get their jobs done. To do so, you need to start with the endpoint they use the most.

As employees use their personal smartphones or tablets to stay productive, those need to be protected against phishing attacks, malware, device and app vulnerabilities and network threats, ensuring that policies are enforced based on your organization’s risk tolerance.

Key functions should include:

  • Dynamic access controls and policy enforcement for users and devices;
  • Cloud-powered detection and response for mobile threats;
  • iOS, Android, and Chrome OS protection;
  • Security for company-owned - i,e., managed - and BYOD - i.e, unmanaged - devices;
  • The ability to meet compliance requirements while protecting user privacy;
  • Scalability to protect mobile fleets across a massive number of endpoints.

Getting Started on Your SASE Journey

SASE is the convergence of cybersecurity and access capabilities into a single solution. Here at Lookout, we integrated mobile endpoint security as part of a unified security platform that enables secure access.

To deploy a modern Zero Trust architecture, you need to track the fluctuating risk levels of all user devices, including iOS, Android and Chrome OS devices. Mobile devices are prime targets for advanced attacks and are vulnerable to a wide spectrum of risks, including app, device, network and phishing threats.

Lookout Mobile Endpoint Security leverages a mobile threat dataset derived from the analysis of more than 200 million devices, 150 million apps and more than 40 billion URLs. Our algorithms search the internet daily to find websites purpose-built for phishing as well as countless custom apps analyzed by our API. Whether mobile workers download apps with malware or are the target of the latest ransomware or phishing scam, they are protected. When a threat or an attack occurs, Lookout provides step-by-step instructions to investigate what is happening and how to fix it fast.

Learn more: Why Integrating SASE And Endpoint Security Is Essential

About the Author

Joni Moore

Joni Moore

Director, Security Solutions, Lookout

Moore has extensive experience in software and cybersecurity, having held leadership positions at Ivanti, McAfee and Cisco. She is a high-energy leader who is comfortable presenting to large audiences as well as rolling up her sleeves to evangelize products and solutions. Prior to Cisco, she ran a marketing firm focused on helping startups grow revenue and increase demand generation. Moore has more than 20 years of experience in cybersecurity startups and publicly traded companies.

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