When You Can’t Unplug on Vacation

By on Aug 13, 2018

We all need to take a vacation to energize our personal batteries. However, many of us find it hard not to check email or look at the latest update from our executive team.  Until I started working on MVISION Mobile, an enterprise security product which McAfee announced on July 17th, I will admit I didn’t think about my compulsive behavior as a menace to our company.  I hear the flight attendant say, “It’s now safe to turn on electronics and put your phone in airplane mode.”  I immediately hope to check email and maybe go to our internal expense reporting system to see if my Boss received my latest report.  However, mobile devices like our phones, iPads and laptops are the latest and favorite target for attackers.

Mobile devices have all the organizational information that traditional endpoints have.  Let’s take a little divergence from my flight story and talk about why these endpoints are the latest attack target.  It’s rather obvious: they are the path of least resistance.  Billions of dollars have been invested protecting our network infrastructure with various forms of security.  Firewalls, IPS, IDS, WAFs, etc.  But very little has been invested in protecting our mobile devices, and they have the exact same access to data and other valuable information as other devices.  So, if you were a bad guy, what path would you take?

Now back to our story.  As we reach the right altitude on our flight to friends, family or simply a favorite chill out spot, we must think about how important it is to protect mobile devices from attacks.  Attacks happen at machine speed and you need to detect and respond at machine speed.  In other words, you need to protect the device where the attack is happening and not rely on data that may (or may not) be sitting in a cloud.

The good news is there is a solution. McAfee© MVISION Mobile offers protection on device, at the time of attack, without the assistance of signatures or reliance on a network connection. Lab-trained machine learning-based technology has the capability to deliver this type of protection.  In addition to its proven efficacy against zero-day device, network, phishing and application attacks, MVISION Mobile’s machine learning-based engine is capable of detecting previously unknown mobile malware on-device without requiring updates and without the risks of cloud-based lookups.

The only right way to do mobile device security is on the device. Lab-trained with billions of data points and millions of devices, MVISION Mobile delivers unparalleled on-device protection. Also, enterprise solutions must be adaptable to the environment and not force the enterprise to adapt to the solution.  MVISION Mobile is available for any cloud platform, integration with any MDM/EMM solution, has on-premises deployment options and unmatched incident forensics.

For those of you that want to unplug but still maybe check in, McAfee MVISION Mobile provides visibility and mobile threat defense for iOS and Android-based devices to ensure they are safeguarded just like any other device. Unlike cloud-based mobile security solutions that rely on app sandboxing or traffic tunneling, McAfee MVISION Mobile sits directly on mobile devices to provide always-on protection no matter how a device is connected (corporate network, public AP, cellular carrier or even offline).

McAfee MVISION Mobile also analyzes deviations to device behavior and make determinations about indicators of compromise to accurately identify advanced device, application, and network-based attacks. Plus, it extends its visibility and control of mobile assets to McAfee MVISION ePO to round out enterprises single console security management.  New mobile device security capabilities include:

  • Centralized Management: Complements existing endpoint, server and IoT device coverage via a cloud service with visibility and control through McAfee ePO.
  • On-Device Protection: Machine learning-based detection of mobile threats protects users while offline and even during network attacks. Proven zero-day protection.
  • Flexible Deployment: Simple and flexible SaaS or on-premises deployment in any cloud environment.

So no matter what kind of mobile device or where you go online, MVISION Mobile is there to keep you, and the valuable information you access, secure.

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