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FireEye Unveils Mobile Threat Protection Platform

FireEye, the recently gone public provider of threat protection solutions, unveiled a new cloud-based platform designed to address mobile threats.

FireEye, the recently gone public provider of threat protection solutions, unveiled a new cloud-based platform designed to address mobile threats.

Dubbed FireEye Mobile Threat Prevention, the new platform will be generally available by the end of the year and will initially support Android.

According to the company, the new mobile threat protection offering will leverage a Virtual Execution (MVX) engine to detect and report mobile threats and help customers make informed decisions and enforce security policies in their mobile environment.

The solution does not rely on malware signatures, FireEye said.

FireEye Logo“Enterprises aren’t just concerned about the smartphones and tablets they procure and issue to employees, but they are also dealing with employee-owned devices and the realization that they must secure their own content, data, and applications on a majority of devices they do not own,” said Charles Kolodgy, research vice president, security products with IDC.

The capabilities of FireEye Mobile Threat Prevention include:

• Assessment of an app’s behavior, including hidden malicious and unwanted functionality.

• Contextual analysis to connect disparate actions designed to form a full picture of the app’s unwanted behaviors and uncover the hidden malicious behaviors embedded deep within the app.

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• On-demand threat assessments for both custom apps and apps available in public or enterprise app stores.

• An app threat database containing detailed app behaviors for more than 1 million apps.

• Play-by-play analysis of suspicious apps to enable security professionals to dissect detailed app behaviors.

• APIs to connect with mobile management and endpoint solutions for integration.

• Threat intelligence sharing through the FireEye Dynamic Threat Intelligence™ (DTI) cloud for multiple threat vectors such as Web, email, and files.

“Today’s cybercriminals are using all the resources at their disposal to compromise an organization and steal intellectual property,” said Dawn Song, FireEye fellow and associate professor of computer science at UC Berkeley. “These blended attacks encompass various vectors: email, Web, file, and increasingly the mobile vector. Traditional security defenses fail when advanced malware gets increasingly complicated and dynamic. FireEye Mobile Threat Prevention has a unique approach to address these problems.”

The solution is also scheduled to add support for both iOS and Windows Mobile this year, a FireEye spokesperson told SecurityWeek.

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For more than 10 years, Mike Lennon has been closely monitoring the threat landscape and analyzing trends in the National Security and enterprise cybersecurity space. In his role at SecurityWeek, he oversees the editorial direction of the publication and is the Director of several leading security industry conferences around the world.

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