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Can new mobile security technology solve BYOD’s problems?

by Teresa Meek

Is your company worried about hacks stemming from employees’ mobile devices? If not, then it should be. 


In our increasingly connected world, both hackers and users have more portals for entry than ever before.

But good news is coming to the world of mobile security technology.

From app developers to operating system designers, the technology industry is finally getting serious about mobile security technology, with a slew of mobile security apps for consumers like Zendo and 1Password. And increasingly, security technology is moving beyond the consumer and into the enterprise market.

​If businesses adopt new mobile security technology systems, they could potentially put an end to all worries about hacks and data leaks derived from their employee’s many devices.

If businesses adopt new mobile security technology systems, they could potentially put an end to all worries about hacks and data leaks derived from their employee’s many devices. But don’t throw out your MDM plan just yet. Current enterprise solutions aren’t perfect and will take some time to roll out, but they could become the solution to the BYOD security problem.

Here are a few of the new mobile security technology solutions.

You’ll never guess where this app came from

Kryptowire, a new app that runs rigorous tests on smartphone applications to determine whether they are safe to install, was once only available to military and intelligence communities. The developer? The Department of Homeland Security. The department’s Science and Technology Directorate has been working with a university and a private company to develop the software, which it now hopes to sell in the commercial market. Right now it’s just for Droid devices, but the company hopes to expand the product to iTunes and Windows Marketplace devices soon—which could mean big things for the security of BYOD devices.


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Compliance is key

Mobile security has become a priority for many industries as compliance regulations continue to increase. Legal eagles who worry about compliance can check out Good Enterprise Suite, which encrypts mobile confidential data to meet strict government demands, as well as client needs. It has the highest international security rating for both Apple and Android systems.

Looking for an OS solution? Microsoft is paying greater attention to mobile security, building MDM solutions into its operating systems and its tablets. Devices contain a portal where users access applications and data, whose security features are managed by IT behind the scenes.

Looking to the future of mobile security technology

What’s next? Maybe this system from Zimperium that uses behavioral analytics. It runs continually on mobile devices and protects against Wi-Fi, cellular, and host-based threats. Though it sounds futuristic, it’s built to integrate with MDM or other existing security apps, and also uses secure information and event management (SIEM) technology to spot fishy trends and patterns.

One thing is clear when it comes to mobile security technology: mobile devices are here to stay—and securing sensitive data for both the enterprise and consumer worlds will be key as we look towards the future of tech.
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