Guardians of the Gadgetry: 9 mobile security companies safeguarding our devices
On a planet drowning in digital data and plagued by cybercrime, effective cybersecurity is more important than ever. That applies to anything Web-connected, including mobile devices, which are used by billions of people around the world — often to access sensitive personal and business information. In fact, a survey of 1,000 full-time employees found that 86 percent of those employees access company emails using their mobile devices. But the vulnerability is far broader than just email.
According to a late-2018 report issued by ThreatMetrix, global mobile fraud accounted for 150 million attacks in the first half of that year — a 24 percent increase from the same period in 2017. Other findings: 58 percent of digital transactions now originate from mobile devices; mobile attacks are on the rise and account for a third of all cyber fraud; mobile attacks rose 44 percent year-over-year in the U.S. as compared to 24 percent globally; 85 percent of traffic on social networks and dating sites, where something called "identity spoofing" is a growing problem, comes from mobile devices; there were 2.6 billion bot attacks in the first half of 2018, with a 60 percent increase from Q1 to Q2.
So, yes, mobile cybersecurity is a big deal. Consequently, it's also big business. These companies provide products and services that improve mobile safety for personal and enterprise devices.
Location: Waterloo, Canada
What it does: A maker of secure mobile devices since the 1990s, BlackBerry also provides enterprise cybersecurity services. Working to secure the "3 C's of data" — content, credentials and configurations — the company helps corporations protect their sensitive information across devices, mobile networks and infrastructure.
Location: Chicago, Illinois
What it does: Keeper Security provides mobile and desktop security software for business, family and personal use. Besides protecting passwords and digital assets via its data management platform, the company makes mobile products that help businesses avoid breaches while providing solutions such as multi-factor authentication, deep-level encryption and secure password management.
Location: San Francisco, California
What it does: Lookout is a mobile-first, post-perimeter security company whose clients include global businesses, government agencies and individuals. The company provides mobile endpoint solutions, app defense, phishing protection and even a security application that protects personal devices.
Location: Chicago, Illinois
What it does: NowSecure is a mobile app security company that offers an array of testing and software services. Solutions include automated and integrated security testing to ensure quick mobile app delivery. The company's well-known clients include Citi, Carfax and Motorola.
Location: New York, New York
What it does: Payfone's fraud solutions are intended to create smoother customer experiences. The company’s platform measures digital identity risk, validates identities and stops attacks like account takeovers. Its mobile solutions ensure easier and more secure logins for mobile apps, help companies verify customer information and facilitate relationships between customers and companies.
Location: Edison, New Jersey
What it does: Strikeforce's many cybersecurity products include MobileTrust, which protects online transactions, confidential information and login access through keystroke encryption technology. The technology is designed to stop hackers from detecting user keystrokes on their devices by encrypting keyboards to thwart keyloggers. Strikeforce’s mobile technology also generates strong passwords.
Location: Mountain View, California
What it does: Symantec provides a host of cybersecurity solutions ranging from network and cloud security to threat and information protection. Its endpoint mobile solution protects against malicious apps, vulnerability exploitation and network attacks. Symantec also detects and responds to threats in real time, using machine learning technology to enhance device protection.
Location: Milpitas, California
What it does: SonicWall's cybersecurity solutions for small and mid-sized businesses include firewalls, cloud security, advanced threat protection and remote access security. The company’s mobile products use advanced authentication and endpoint control to provide secure access to remote workforces while ensuring the secure accessibility of any device or application from any location.
Location: Dallas, Texas
What it does: Zimperium provides mobile security solutions and threat protection for multiple industries, including healthcare, finance, retail and mobile operators like TMobile. The company’s products are designed to protect all mobile layers, keeping device and app attacks at bay while providing app security diagnostics and threat analytics.
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