Zscaler has announced the release of the Zscaler Mobile Security Solution, extending the benefits of the Zscaler Network to enable centrally-managed advanced threat protection, real-time visibility and granular policy controls for mobile devices deployed in BYOD, corporate-issued and hybrid environments. Zscaler also announced partnerships with Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions, integrating Mobile Security to complement provisioning and auditing capabilities.
“Security appliances have become irrelevant in securing mobile users since mobile traffic and cloud applications often bypass appliances completely,” said Jay Chaudhry, founder and CEO, Zscaler. “MDM solutions have been the first step to manage and configure mobile devices; Zscaler is the natural step forward to provide security by inspecting all mobile content, enforcing policy and ensuring visibility.”
Analysis from IDC indicates, “With more devices entering the workplace and with more demand for access to applications in the work environment, companies across EMEA — with tight compliance and regulatory environments to contend with — have to balance the rewards of mobility with the risks associated with security compromises, data loss, and attacks. As a result, companies are in the process of trying to figure out how to best strike this delicate balance between the benefits of mobility and its risks. This is dominating security conversations and strategy decisions.”
Research from Zscaler indicates that less than 40 percent of mobile traffic originates from the browser; the majority originates from mobile applications. Mobile applications present considerable risk by accessing and communicating user location, device type, contact lists and calendars to third-party servers.
“The Internet used to be referred to as a wild west, now it seems that mobile application marketplaces have become an untrusted swap meet,” said Charles Kolodgy, research VP of Security Products, IDC. “Whether an organization adopts BYOD, corporate-owned devices or a hybrid strategy, it is clear that mobile devices are susceptible to a myriad of threats and vulnerabilities. Purpose-built solutions are required to address the unique requirements associated with mobile security."
Key benefits of Zscaler Mobile Security include:
* Real-time Mobile Visibility and Reporting – Zscaler provides instant access to global data analytics across the enterprise to deliver insight into mobile application traffic on the corporate network without batch reporting, scripts or waiting.
* Advanced Threat Protection – Zscaler protects mobile users from Web-based threats and rogue apps without the need to deploy on-device AV agents or appliances at individual office locations. Zscaler Safe Browser for Apple iOS and Google Android maintains a secure browsing experience over all network types (3G/4G, wireless, LTE) and Zscaler Mobile App Profiler™ identifies any security or privacy risks that mobile apps may pose to the corporate environment.
* Granular Policy Management – IT administrators can enforce the corporate policy, restrict mobile app threats and even enable granular app control policies such as restricting usage of unauthorized or illegal mobile app markets.
Signaling the launch of its multi-stage mobile security strategy, Zscaler has partnered with leading MDM vendors, AirWatch, the world’s largest mobile security and enterprise mobility management provider, and MobileIron, the leader in security and management for mobile apps, documents and devices, to integrate Zscaler Mobile Security with MDM across device platforms for both corporate-issued and employee-owned devices. Zscaler complements the provisioning and auditing capabilities of MDM by ensuring protection from advanced security threats.
“Companies are becoming “Mobile First” organizations and want to enable employees to get access to the information they need to be productive no matter where they are and what device they are using,” said Ojas Rege, vice president of strategy, MobileIron. “The granular security provided by combining MobileIron with Zscaler simplifies the ability for IT to extend their security capabilities across company-owned and BYOD mobile devices while letting leverage their existing IT infrastructure.”
“Coupling AirWatch’s industry-leading mobile device security and management with the secure web filtering solution from Zscaler, IT administrators are confident that their mobile fleet will be protected from malware, malicious applications and other threats,” says Kevin Keith, business development director, AirWatch. “As BYOD initiatives increase, our customers are able to ensure security of their corporate content, applications and information on mobile devices with the combined threat protection security from AirWatch EMM and Zscaler Mobile Security.”