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."
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:
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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