Jamf Blog
March 1, 2022 by Jesus Vigo

Gartner identifies Jamf Threat Defense as critical to preventing malicious threats on mobile devices

In Gartner’s Market Guide for Mobile Threat Defense, the consulting firm identifies the need for organizations to improve their overall security hygiene by incorporating a mobile-focused threat defense solution to strengthen their mobile security posture through minimized risk and malicious threat prevention.

It comes as no secret that organizations are adopting and relying upon mobile devices at an increased rate. From the high efficiency and powerful performance gleaned to state-of-the-art technology features, mobile devices are packed with functionality packaged within a thin, lightweight footprint. Not to forget the ubiquity of usage, lending itself to any number of industry use cases and an ever-increasing catalog of apps and services that blend form and function into devices that anyone can use, anywhere and for just about anything.

In its Market Guide for Mobile Threat Defense, Gartner says that mobile, work-from-anywhere hardware requires cloud-based Mobile Threat Defense (MTD) to successfully mitigate threats, minimize risk and comprehensively protect endpoints, users and data from the threats that come along with this “new way” of staying productive, regardless of whether devices deployed are company-owned (CYOD), personal (BYOD) or mixed-use for handling both professional and private data uses (COPE).

A few of the key findings Gartner discusses in its market guide to help organizations large and small maintain a solid security posture while relying on mobile technology are:

  • Leveraging machine learning and behavioral analysis within MTD to monitor endpoints in real-time to detect unknown threats that would otherwise potentially weaken devices through vulnerabilities and zero-day phishing attacks.
  • Integration of MTD alongside existing device management solutions for holistic management of endpoints – from deployment to remediation.
  • Implement greater security hygiene practices using proactive measures, including application vetting and vulnerability management to actively assess device health and identify & remediate potential threats before they become issues.
  • Leverage powerful MTD protection that keeps devices safeguarded, but is also flexible in its delivery of protection so that regardless of the deployment strategy, that risk is managed while privacy data is respected if/when personal app usage occurs.

“Gonna dress you up in my love”

Jamf Threat Defense takes to mobile security as if to “create a look that’s made for you”, like Madonna’s pop classic about being the perfect match for the object of her affections. While the song finds multiple reasons why the pair are meant to be, Gartner provides their guidance as to why MTD like Jamf Threat Defense is such a critical component to mobile security to “not only prevent attacks but also detect and remediate them.”

Beyond the protections offered by device and app restrictions typically offered in Unified Endpoint Management (UEM), Jamf Threat Defense includes the ability to assess the device’s health and security posture, including pertinent information, such as:

  • OS version
  • Patch levels
  • System parameters
  • Settings configuration
  • System libraries
  • App scanning

All protections are performed on the device itself, utilizing minimal resources to efficiently determine if devices are compliant with organizational policies or suffer from misconfigurations to settings, vulnerabilities due to missing patches and app updates, or their internal system modified by rooting or jailbreaking, and to perform app-level security checks, ensuring that no potentially unwanted apps are present, and all apps are secure and clear of malicious code thanks to signature-based and behavioral analytics.

Reach out and touch someone

Network communications play a significant role in not only mobile devices but also in endpoint security. Containing multiple communications radios, such as Wi-Fi and cellular, endpoints will use these to communicate with apps, services and resources, while malicious actors will leverage them to probe for device weaknesses, exploit vulnerabilities and maintain persistence as they work toward gathering data and pivoting to other parts of your network as part of the attack chain.

For admins, being able to monitor network traffic for unsanctioned, suspicious or malicious behavior plays a big role in safeguarding devices and data. Specifically, detecting popular attacks, such as Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) that eavesdrops and can alter communications, or identifying malicious phishing URLs and compromised websites looking to establish connections with your devices over weaker encryption algorithms, make all the difference between keeping data secured, or handing it away.

Two great tastes…

That taste great together! The 1970’s era tagline referring to the greatest candy in the world – Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups – fits appropriately within the context of mobile security in that security is a path, not a destination. Ask any security professional worth their salt and they’ll undoubtedly tell you, there’s no single solution capable of thwarting all security issues. Hence why the defense-in-depth security plan is often cited as a solid strategy. One that utilizes multiple products, working together to provide a seamless, integrated and comprehensive solution to addressing security risks.

Just like Hershey’s integrated peanut butter and chocolate to create a better, more flavorful candy, integration is a key benefit to Jamf Threat Defense. Just to be clear, Threat Defense can work as a standalone, but integrating it with your Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) software of choice adds the ability to centrally manage device health through unified logging, which is extremely helpful for IT and Security teams sifting through data logs.

Looking for even greater protection? Integrating Jamf Private Access, the purpose-built Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) solution for iOS, allows admins to augment endpoint protection to include modern, in-network security seamlessly. Leveraging application-based microtunnels, an identity-centric security model and risk-aware access policies provide fast, efficient connectivity to organizational resources, apps and services while limiting access to just what users need – not the entire network – as is common with legacy security solutions, like VPN.

What are you waiting for? Request a trial of Jamf Threat Defense to strengthen your mobile endpoint security posture.

If you prefer to discuss this with a Jamf representative, feel free to contact us to work with you on a plan that addresses your unique needs and requirements.

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