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Customers of Microsoft's Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) mobile device management platform will soon have a new tool to help them combat sophisticated threats that target their workers' smartphones and tablets.
Skycure, the mobile threat specialist that has made a name for itself by exposing a growing list of vulnerabilities affecting today's popular mobile devices, announced a new integration with Microsoft's popular mobile device management platform. Accessibility Clickjacking, No iOS Zone, Invisible Malicious Profiles, WifiGate and LinkedOut are among the many mobile threats Skycure has uncovered.
Promising a seamless experience, Skycure's technology can be used to add real-time protection to Microsoft EMS and the sensitive employee devices it governs, regardless of where those assets roam.
"The integration enhances the base capabilities of Microsoft EMS to now predict, detect and prevent mobile cyber-attacks around all four attack vectors - physical, malware, network and vulnerability exploits," Skycure vice president Varun Kohli, told eSecurity Planet.
Skycure supplements Intune's compliance engine by providing additional security intelligence that businesses can use to strengthen their access settings. If the platform's threat detection capabilities – based on a blend of crowdsourced, device and server analysis and the company's own experts – encounters suspicious activity, it can automatically cut the device's access before it causes issues or erupts into a full-blown breach.
The Skycure-Microsoft EMS combo offers many modes of protection for mobile workforces, said Kohli. For example, if a mobile device happens to download some malware, the "integration will proactively mark the device as non-compliant and will automatically stop access to sensitive corporate resources."
Happen to venture into a sketchy part of town? No, problem.
"If a mobile device joins a malicious or a suspicious Wi-Fi network, automated enforcement will kick in again and protect sensitive data and will automatically restore access as soon as the threat is addressed," Kohli assured.
Finally, emerging threats are stopped in their tracks, well before cyber-attackers can steal valuable data. "If there are known or zero-day vulnerabilities on the device that a hacker can use to compromise critical data, this integration protects data from exfiltration using automated risk and compliance enforcement," added Kohli.
Additionally, Skycure's lightweight footprint ensures that mobile device performance and battery life remain largely unaffected.
"Mobile threat defense is becoming an important need in the enterprise, but it can be tricky to protect devices that are used for a mix of personal and professional activities," commented Andrew Conway, general manager of Product Marketing for Microsoft EMS, in a statement. "Skycure's integration with Microsoft EMS provides protection for a wide range of devices that access corporate data, while making it as easy as possible for IT teams to configure."
The Skycure-Microsoft EMS integration is currently available in preview.