Trustwave Mobile Security Practice Aims at BYOD Businesses

The practice offers enterprise compliance and risk services aimed at protecting networks, data and devices from malware and data loss.

Network data and security solutions specialist Trustwave unveiled a mobile security practice designed to help businesses embrace mobility and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs while maintaining compliance, managing emerging security risks and protecting corporate networks and data.

The practice offers enterprise compliance and risk services as well as an integrated, technology suite aimed at protecting networks, data and devices from malware and data loss. The practice also includes Trustwave SpiderLabs services, delivered by a team of ethical hackers, designed to expose vulnerabilities and threats on mobile devices, systems and applications.

"Mobility and BYOD are no longer theoretical—even for enterprises that think they've banned them—and the risk isn't confined to the devices themselves," Wendy Nather, research director for the enterprise security practice at IT analytics firm 451 Research, said in a statement. "They affect the entire organization from the standpoints of security and compliance. Trustwave understands this, and treats mobility not as an exception, but as the new business rule."

The mobile security practice includes Enterprise Mobility Assessment Services, which consists of compliance and risk management experts that help businesses identify gaps and potential risk exposure and establish that pragmatic balance of productivity and security through customizable professional services, including risk assessment, policy development, architecture review and security awareness education.

Trustwave SpiderLabs, a team of threat researchers and forensic investigators, offers a suite of testing services specifically for mobile devices, applications and systems. These services are designed to help businesses test security and identify vulnerabilities in BYOD deployments, mobile applications and mobile point-of-sale systems.

Finally, with the integration of enterprise security technologies including network access control, secure Web gateway, data loss prevention, security information and event management, the company now provides businesses with the ability to identify mobile devices on the network, enforce BYOD and data access policies, decrease operational costs and reduce risks by intelligently "self-sealing" the network from malware, the loss of sensitive data and network threats.

"Our new mobile security practice allows us to serve as a trusted adviser to our customers as they create a more holistic approach to mobility that includes risk assessments and proven technologies that enable them to improve their risk and compliance posture, deploy secure mobile applications to their customers and protect their network from emerging vulnerabilities and threats," Leo Cole, general manager of security solutions at Trustwave, said in a statement.

The combined effects of IT consumerization and the BYOD trends have driven mobile device security to take over the top slot as the key pain point for security managers in 2012, according to a recent 451 Research report, while the 2013 Trustwave Global Security Report noted a 400 percent increase in mobile malware last year.