Intelligent CISO Issue 52 - Page 58

Check Point Software introduces malicious file protection for mobile devices

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Technologies , a leading provider of cybersecurity solutions globally , announces the availability of the most complete cyber protection against mobile-related threats with a new version of Harmony Mobile that prevents the download of malicious files . Harmony Mobile is the first mobile threat solution among the industry ’ s top leading vendors to prevent the download of malicious files to mobile devices . The release further extends Harmony Mobile with additional security capabilities including operating system vulnerability assessment , advanced mitigation capabilities on Samsung devices , easyto-manage HTTPS inspection and more , to provide the most complete mobile security solution .
With the global shift to remote and hybrid working , employees are increasingly using mobile devices to perform critical business tasks or to access and share sensitive company information . This has made employee mobiles a significant entry point for cybercriminals . According to Check Point Research ( CPR ), almost all organisations ( 97 %) have faced mobile threats from all vectors over the last two years with one of the most overlooked vectors being file download . In fact , as an example , CPR found a critical vulnerability in the Instagram app that would have given an attacker the ability to take over a victim ’ s account and turn their phone into a spying tool , simply by sending them a malicious image file .
Harmony Mobile ’ s new file protection works by leveraging Check Point ’ s Threat Cloud to scan downloaded files for malicious intent . In the case that
such an intent is found , the download is completely blocked and the malicious file never reaches the device . On Android handsets , Harmony Mobile can also scan files in the mobile ’ s on-device storage and will alert both user and admin if any malicious file is found . The user will be advised to delete the file and the admin can choose to restrict the device ’ s access to corporate resources .
Harmony Mobile is the first mobile threat solution among the industry ’ s top leading vendors to prevent the download of malicious files to mobile devices .
As part of Check Point ’ s drive to enhance mobile security , the new Harmony Mobile Release 4.0 also includes integration with Samsung Knox for unique mitigation capabilities , OS CVE assessment to allow admins to understand and remediate vulnerabilities in the organisation ’ s mobile fleet , automated certificate deployments for simplified management and more .
“ Most mobile security solutions that are on the market today can only scan files that are related to the mobile operating system , such as apps and iOS profiles ,” said Rafi Kretchmer , VP of Product Marketing at Check Point Software Technologies . “ This does not protect your mobile from other malicious file types such as executables , MS Office files , PDFs and more . As we are becoming more reliant on mobiles , cybercriminals are increasingly targeting them and so it has never been more important to have a robust mobile security solution that protects you from any type of file .” u
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