Gartner Market Guide for Mobile Threat Defense

Gartner recently published the latest version of their Market Guide for Mobile Threat Defense(1) and once again Zimperium was named a Representative Vendor.  This is an annual guide that Gartner has done for the last three years and it is full of very useful information for anyone involved in mobile device security.  Among other things, Gartner sticks to their great executive summary format of delivering a few bullets of Key Findings and also Recommendations.

While there are numerous good points and insights made about the category and the vendors providing solutions in the category  in the 20-page document, a few that are worth highlighting:

  • “Security and risk management leaders should leverage MTD to address evolving mobile security needs.”  This statement is in the opening paragraph and reinforces the view that MTD is a critical component of any security strategy.
  • “Depending on the vendor, the detection engine can be split between the cloud-based server and the device, or it can reside exclusively on the device.”  “…the on-device agent provides a better likelihood of the protection persisting over a compromised network.”  This statement is extremely important and significant differentiation in how the vendors included in the Market Guide approach the problem.  Zimperium, from day one has believed that there is only ONE right way to provide mobile device security and that is by residing and enforcing security directly on-device.  As you evaluate solutions, don’t overlook this key attribute and make sure you fully understand the implications of on-device vs cloud-based.
  • The table in the report provides a feature comparison of the vendor solutions.
  • Note that Zimperium can support on-premises deployment options in addition to being installed in any cloud environment and supporting multiple Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions simultaneously.  These are unique features of the Zimperium solution and should be an important part of the decision process when purchasing an MTD solution.

Your mobile devices are under constant attack today and without the visibility of an industry leading MTD solution, you’ll have no effective way to secure your organization.

1 Gartner, Market Guide for Mobile Threat Defense, 30 October 2018, Dionisio Zumerle, John Girard.

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