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Lead Story

PCI Council: making payment security accessible, relevant

Dale S. Laszig


Industry Update

News Briefs


Cash discounting will give way to surcharging

Patti Murphy
ProScribes Inc.

Arizona's 'sandbox' program for fintech innovators

Josh Herndon
Global Legal Law Firm


Street SmartsSM:
The next to last word on surcharging - maybe

Steve Norell
US Merchant Services Inc.

When innovation comes to Main Street merchants

Peter Spee

The need to act with urgency and purpose

Jeff Fortney
TouchSuite LLC

Preparing for a portfolio sale starts on day one

Christopher Hernandez
Portfolio Buyer

Company Profile

Network Merchants LLC

New Products

Payments platform for accepting payments anywhere


Mobile cybersecurity, digital identity protection for businesses, consumers

Mobile Defense Suite


Turn mishaps into learning experiences


Letter from the editors

Readers Speak

Resource Guide


A Bigger Thing

The Green Sheet Online Edition

December 10, 2018  •  Issue 18:12:01

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New Products

Mobile cybersecurity, digital identity protection for businesses, consumers

Product: Mobile Defense Suite

EZShield, an identity theft protection company owned by the Wicks Group of Properties LLC, launched Mobile Defense Suite, a portfolio of mobile cybersecurity technologies designed to protect business and private sector mobile devices. EZShield said the solution safeguards digital footprints by providing comprehensive visibility into mobile devices and alerting individuals and companies when threats are detected.

Rich Scott is chief commercial officer at EZShield and IdentityForce, a company EZShield acquired in August 2018. Scott said Mobile Defense Suite was initially developed for the EZShield app; a separate version for IdentityForce will be rolled out in 2019. Combining identity theft protection and mobile cybersecurity is crucial in a mobile-first world, he noted.

"People tend to feel safer when transacting on mobile devices," Scott said. "However, any connected device is susceptible to malware, spyware and privacy exposure. Individuals may succumb to phishing emails in their homes, or to any number of threats when they access free, insecure WiFi connections in public venues."

Advanced threat mitigation, recovery

The Mobile Defense Suite uses advanced digital identity theft protection and cybersecurity solutions to protect personally identifiable information and mitigate threats, both for the individual digital footprint and the enterprise.

EZShield noted its Mobile Defense Suite focuses on four key components to protect against known and emerging threats:

Protecting consumers, enterprises

The EZShield app was originally designed to protect consumers, but developers soon recognized a need for application shielding and hardening in the enterprise space, Scott stated. "A large enterprise has an average of 2,000 unprotected apps on the network, mainly on employee devices," he said. "These mobile apps are a gateway to data breaches and security threats."

Scott additionally noted that today's bring-your-own-device landscape makes it difficult for organizations to create uniform mobile security policies. Seventy-four percent of IT leaders from global enterprises have reportedly experienced a data breach due to a mobile security issue, he noted.

As mobile device populations continue to grow, connected devices provide hackers, identity thieves and cybercriminals with access to potentially exploitable endpoints. These endpoints can be found in connected household appliances, desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones, Scott advised.

"Previous approaches to protecting mobile devices were mostly seen through the lenses of vulnerability management, anomaly detection, and intrusion prevention," Scott said. "EZShield's combined identity theft and mobile security solution is a major step forward in safeguarding the entire individual identity footprint."

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