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Rogue cell phone surveillance gives rise to mobile threat defence

Lucas Mearian | June 19, 2017
Researchers have developed a system to detect surveillance devices; Gartner recommends companies integrate defences with current EMM efforts.

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"By 2018, fewer than 15% of organisations will have... MTD in place, which is an increase from fewer than 5% today," Gartner said in its report. "By 2018, 80% of organisations with MTD solutions in place will integrate them with their enterprise mobility management (EMM) solutions...."

EMM and other configuration control efforts already strengthen mobile platforms against attacks, but they can make it harder for MTD systems to operate efficiently, Gartner said.

Rosberg's Verji SMC software, for example, is aimed at protecting speech, messaging and file sharing through encryption. The app can be deployed to thousands of employees through commonly used MDM and EMM systems.

"If enterprises have reasons to believe they are at risk for industrial espionage, they should look into these solutions: Stock brokers or high-level executives traveling in untrusted countries or other locations are typical examples," Zumerle said. "However, for the vast majority of enterprises, adopting a Mobile Threat Defense solution would help countering more mundane threats."


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