FireEye Introduces Threat Protection for Android Mobile Devices
Rather than relying on malware signatures, the platform detonates Android apps within the company’s Multi-Vector Virtual Execution (MVX) engine.Security specialist FireEye launched Mobile Threat Prevention, a cloud-based platform designed to address threats from the mobile vector for devices running Google's Android operating system. The platform, which will become widely available at the end of the year, is designed to detect and report mobile threats and also provides concise assessment of an application's behavior, including hidden malicious and unwanted functionality. "Enterprises aren't just concerned about the smartphones and tablets they procure and issue to employees, but they are also dealing with employee-owned devices and the realization that they must secure their own content, data and applications on a majority of devices they do not own," Charles Kolodgy, research vice president of security products with IT analytics firm IDC, said in a statement. Rather than relying on malware signatures—which are considered less effective against today's fast-moving, constantly changing threats, the platform detonates Android apps within the company's Multi-Vector Virtual Execution (MVX) engine to provide automated mobile threat assessment.
"Today's cyber-criminals are using all the resources at their disposal to compromise an organization and steal intellectual property," Dawn Song, FireEye fellow and associate professor of computer science at UC Berkeley, said in a statement. "These blended attacks encompass various vectors: email, Web, file and increasingly the mobile vector. Traditional security defenses fail when advanced malware gets increasingly complicated and dynamic. FireEye Mobile Threat Prevention has a unique approach to address these problems."