Mobile Device Management (MDM) is fast becoming a cumbersome task for the IT team and enterprises. For enterprises, the major threat is derived from the end users that demand to add more functionality to their mobile devices. The functionality addition is exposing the enterprise network to the threats that not only affects the devices but also exposes the enterprise network to threats. Mobile Threat Defense (MTD) isn’t being seen as a solution for preventing mobile threats by the enterprises due to various reasons relating to its applicability.

Enterprises have to account for the wide range of potential risks while developing a mobile security strategy. Many of the enterprises that are adopting mobility application don’t involve the security strategy in development. Mobile Threat Defense can work effectively in relation to the EMM that focuses on device access and policy enforcement. The combination of Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) and Mobile Threat Defense can help the IT teams to prevent mobility threats from disrupting the network.

Mobile Threat Defense (MTD) provides cybersecurity to devices that usually use WAN or cyber network to access the data. In MTD it incorporates the Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence technology to accurately detect and respond to possible threats.


Mobile Threat Defense should be more than the anti-malware and anti-phishing detector. A comprehensive threat detection and prevention system should be included in Mobile Threat Defense.


1. Device Level:

In the device level defense, the enterprises need to adopt different policies for the users. Whether the user can unlock with any type of authorization or whether the user can install unknown apps. In the device level defense, the enterprises have to manage the platforms whether the developer mode or USB is debugging mode is enabled. Device level management contains the app installation of the devices.

2. Application level:

Using a mobile threat defense platform, the IT managers can analyze the URLs visited and the application codes. This helps the IT managers to implement security and discover privacy issues that can lead to data leakage. The application management in the Mobile Defense Management helps the developers to actually review the app on different scales. Mobile app Reputation Services (MARS) helps the IT teams to determine the level of each app.

3. Network level:

The network level threat detection and prevention focus on monitoring the threats such as man-in-the-middle attacks. A network level threat can be from pop-ups or website buttons that can capture different sensitive data.


Mobile threat defense solutions can be tricky to deploy because it majorly relies on the end-user adoption. Many enterprises rely on the employee to download the latest version of the MTD from the app stores or even rely on sending an email to install the app. Some MTD vendors have invested in a combined solution towards the specific Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM). The combination of EMM and MTD adds layers of security for the end users and access management. Some MTD solutions have deeper integration with a system that installs or updates the MTD apps without user interaction.


According to the Gartner, by 2019, we would have 10 percent of the enterprises using MTD. By 2020, 30 percent of the organization will have an MTD. The industry’s leading providers of MTD are CheckPoint’s SandBlast Mobile, Pradeo’s Mobile Threat Defense, Symantec’s Endpoint Protection Mobile, and Wandera’s Threat Defense. MTD should fulfill the operating requirements for mobility solutions and reducing the threats fulfillment.

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