Mobile Threat Defense: BlackBerry and Samsung team up to improve protection

Mobile Threat Defense: BlackBerry and Samsung team up to improve protection

The rise in the number of remote workers fueled by the pandemic has led to an increase in the use of mobile and BYOD (bring your own device) in enterprises and small businesses. As you might expect, it didn’t take long for cybercriminals to take advantage of the boom in the business mobility market.

With an estimated 5.3 billion mobile device users now roaming the planet – more than 90% relying on “smart” or internet-connected devices – the preponderance of poorly protected mobile assets has created a “mobile feast” for online predators.

These devices are increasingly the target of mobile-optimized attacks, including adware, banking Trojans, malware, and remote access Trojans (RATs), all of which are increasing in frequency. , sophistication and cost to victims.

Android devices are targeted

Attacks on Android™ devices are happening on a massive scale. Here are some of the latest numbers:

  • 97% of enterprises have encountered mobile malware threats that exploit a variety of attack vectors.

  • Banking malware threats on Android devices increased by 80% in 2021.

  • Last year, adware accounted for 42% of new mobile malware worldwide.

  • 47% of free Android antivirus (AV) programs cannot effectively detect malware. Do BYOD employees rely on free AV programs?

  • Malicious mobile apps that provide backdoors in phones infiltrate via SMS or SMS. Some cybercriminals pay monthly fees of $5,000 to rent weaponized apps that allow them to steal credentials and sensitive data.

Mobile Threat Defense (MTD) strategies help disrupt the pace and severity of malware attacks. This includes improving the overall security hygiene of mobile users in your organization and adopting modern mobile solutions that go beyond traditional security and enterprise mobility management (EMM).

BlackBerry and Samsung: Partner to Deliver Improved BAT

BlackBerry and Samsung joined forces in 2014 to provide highly secure enterprise mobility management (EMM) based on BlackBerry UEM (unified device management) and Samsung Knox, a proprietary security and management framework that comes preinstalled on most Samsung mobile devices. To combat the increase in mobile device attacks, BlackBerry is the first mobile threat defense (MTD) cybersecurity platform to provide Knox enhanced attestation services for Samsung Galaxy devices.

Today, the partnership has evolved to expand into cutting-edge endpoint protection, via unique CylancePROTECT Mobile™ artificial intelligence (AI)-based endpoint security with Knox Enhanced Attestation for Samsung mobile devices.

CylancePROTECT Mobile is an advanced MTD solution that uses the power of AI with a preventative approach. It detects malware infections, prevents URL phishing attacks, and verifies the integrity of applications and devices. CylancePROTECT Mobile anticipates cyberattacks with a zero-trust approach, stopping cyberattacks before they have a chance to succeed and keeping mobile devices secure.

CylancePROTECT Mobile with Knox Enhanced Attestation provides additional tools to keep Samsung devices safe with access to corporate information. These tools support the use of Knox Enhanced Attestation at regular intervals to validate the integrity of Samsung devices. Knox Enhanced Attestation is hardware-based and can detect device tampering, rooting, OEM unlocking, and IMEI or serial number tampering, in addition to performing app health checks . It not only guarantees the current health of Samsung devices, but also provides a record of whether the device has ever run an unapproved configuration in the past.

Configured by an organization’s IT or security staff using the CylancePROTECT Mobile admin console, Knox Enhanced Attestation can help combat these threats. This should be a top priority for organizations that allow employees to use personal devices for work, especially for organizations that provide access to corporate data to third parties, such as contractors. The added value provided by CylancePROTECT mobile would significantly reduce the risk of mobile deployments from compromised devices.

In addition to Knox Enhanced Attestation integration, CylancePROTECT Mobile offers basic features that include:

  • Monitoring mobile threats at device, network and application layers, detecting malware infections without adding SecOps overhead.

  • Identify security vulnerabilities and potentially malicious activity by monitoring operating system updates, system settings, device configurations, and application-level system libraries.

  • Integration with Microsoft Intune to enable threat alerts and remediation based on Intune’s Conditional Access compliance policies.

As the latest innovation to come from BlackBerry and Samsung, CylancePROTECT Mobile with Knox Enhanced Attestation also includes:

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