Check Point Launches Mobile Threat Prevention Platform

The platform helps businesses with bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs protect against mobile security threats.

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Security specialist Check Point Software Technologies announced the release of Mobile Threat Prevention, a mobile security platform that allows enterprises to combat the mobile threat environment.

The platform offers a set of tools for stopping mobile threats on iOS and Android, and delivers real-time threat intelligence and visibility for extension into existing security and mobility infrastructures.

Key features include malicious application detection, network threat detection and operating system threat detection, as well as a cloud-based dashboard for managing supported devices and controlling mobile threats.

"Businesses are unfamiliar with today's threat landscape. The first step organizations need to take is to put a strategy in place for mobile security so that they know what they're up against, and from there identify the best solutions for protecting against those threats," Avi Bashan, mobile technology leader at Check Point, told eWEEK. "We created Mobile Threat Prevention with the users in mind and designed a tool that gives simple, actionable intelligence for protecting users and networks against mobile threats."

The platform also integrates with an organization's mobile device management (MDM) or enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution to make delivering advanced security for mobile devices easier.

Workers continue to use their devices as they always have with a transparent user experience that maintains privacy and device performance, and when a threat is found, users can remove the threat to stay protected.

"User friendliness is very important when it comes to a platform like this," Bashan noted. "A seamless platform that is easy to use will ensure user adoption and a positive experience with the platform, which will ultimately lead to a protected mobile environment."

Mobile threat visibility and intelligence allows security and mobility teams to understand the quantity and types of mobile threats that could impact their business.

Real-time threat intelligence is pushed to Check Point's SmartEvent and ThreatCloud platforms, as well as other Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) or incident response systems, for broader intelligence and monitoring of security events and for correlation with attacks on internal networks.

"BYOD [bring your own device] is certainly not a trend we're going to see go away—in fact, it's going to increase rapidly over the years, and creates another issue entirely for the enterprise," Bashan said. "BYOD needs a thoughtful approach that covers the unique needs of the business, while allowing mobility, all in a safe environment."

According to Check Point's 2015 Security Report, in an organization with more than 2,000 devices on its network, there is a 50 percent chance that there will be at least six infected or targeted mobile devices on their network.