Mobile security - got Mobile Threat Detection?

By Peter Lambert | February 11, 2019

1902_MobileThreatDetect_i876819100Cybercriminals will do almost anything to steal your data. One of the easiest ways to do that is exploiting vulnerabilities in your employees’ mobile devices. If you’re looking for a way to beef up your security strategies, adopting mobile threat detection (MTD) is a good place to start.

"We know that attackers follow users and the popularity of mobile apps in conjunction with the emergence of their security flaws means that mobile is prime to be the next attack vector that threatens corporate data and user privacy." - Adam Ely - Founder and COO, Bluebox

Mobile Threat Detection (MTD)

Mobile threat detection is an all-around solution that prevents physical tampering, network-based attacks, and malware infections. MTD is supported by a machine learning mechanism, which enables devices to recognise usage patterns and flag anything that is outside of the norm.

MTD is a very scalable solution, able to monitor dozens of Android mobile devices. When one of them deviates from the rest, machine learning logs the anomaly and notifies administrators.

Does MTD detect malware?

Most malware programs are cleverly disguised as legitimate and useful apps. The key to finding and defending against malware is recognising irregular patterns in user behaviour and how individual devices function. A simple scan is not enough to protect your device, especially from attacks such as phishing scams based on thorough target research.

Without machine learning, observing user and application behaviour for suspicious signs would be an overwhelming task. It doesn’t provide total protection though. Mobile security also needs to include ways to blacklist certain apps, prohibit connecting to unsecured networks, and remotely wipe a device when all else fails.

How to implement an MTD solution

Integrating MTD into your mobile security strategy requires a thorough evaluation of important factors, including industry regulations and the sensitivity of the data stored and/or exchanged on your mobile devices. Ideally, it will be part of a larger solution that allows you to inspect a mobile device’s hidden weaknesses and block harmful network traffic.

Developing strong defences for mobile devices is fast becoming a critical component in many businesses’ cybersecurity strategies. And although mobile threat detection remains an imperfect means to detect malware, it is far more powerful than traditional anti-malware solutions.

Businesses like yours need comprehensive security solutions to fend off cyberattacks, whether on your PCs, laptops, or smartphones. 

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About the Author
Peter Lambert

Marketing specialist and technical blogger @ Diamond IT - I have over 25 years of experience in Information & Communications systems. My range of skills is diverse and includes extensive experience in desktop solutions, server and network presales and administration, VOIP phone systems, journalism, creative writing, technical writing, digital videography and audio visual streaming. I hold a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, and I am an experienced classroom trainer and course coordinator. I hold an Advanced Diploma in Network Security, a Diploma in Network Administration, and a Certificate IV in Networking. I am a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA).