Webroot Enhances Mobile Threat Protection To Secure Corporate Data And Strengthen BYOD Policies

Webroot SecureAnywhere Business - Mobile Protection includes an enhanced device scanning engine for Android

October 21, 2013

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BROOMFIELD, Colo., Oct. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Webroot, a leader in cloud-based security intelligence solutions, today announced the release of the new edition of Webroot SecureAnywhere® Business - Mobile Protection to ensure mobile devices and company data stay secure. As more organizations face the challenges of corporate data on personal devices, otherwise known as bring-your-own device (BYOD), information security becomes a primary concern. In a recent survey of mobile security decision-makers, results showed that 83% of respondents believe that mobile devices create a high security risk within the corporate environment.

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"Enterprises are struggling to understand the risk and privacy impacts of the mobile applications in use in their environment," said Tyler Shields, senior analyst at Forrester Research, Inc., in the August 2013 blog post entitled "Mobile Application Security Maturity - Leveling Up." "Organizations must get a better handle on just how much risk is accumulating from the proliferation of mobile apps on their user's devices."

The latest edition of Webroot SecureAnywhere Business - Mobile Protection offers more comprehensive defense against evolving malicious threats for Android(TM) and iOS® devices, unified management across both mobile devices and PCs, and increased performance and efficacy. Other upgrades include policy management within an easy-to-use administrator console, along with other enhancements that leverage real-time threat data from the cloud. The SecureWeb(TM) browsing feature has been expanded to support Google Chrome, in addition to the stock Android browser, shielding mobile devices from malicious sites, viruses and Internet threats.

"Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting employees to gain access to a company's intellectual property, and there is an enormous amount of company data accessible on employee-owned mobile devices" said Mike Malloy, executive vice president of products and strategy at Webroot. "Businesses must supplement their endpoint security with a coherent but simple BYOD protection strategy. With this new release of Webroot SecureAnywhere Business - Mobile Protection, we have enhanced device control policies and device-level security from the management console to ensure employee device settings are consistent with corporate policies."

Unified Management for IT Administrators With Webroot SecureAnywhere Business - Mobile Protection, IT administrators have the ability to create policies that can be updated and duplicated within the console, and create user groups to organize their end users. Administrators can easily drag-and-drop users into a group, and user devices will automatically pick up the policies associated with that group. To strengthen security, if the device password, lock screen timeout, or device administrator access does not meet policy requirements, alerts are sent directly to the console. Additionally, Webroot SecureAnywhere Business - Mobile Protection includes an enhanced device scanning engine for Android that utilizes cloud-based threat detection services in real time for improved efficacy and faster scans.

Key features of Webroot SecureAnywhere Business - Mobile Protection:

-- Device and group level policies for Android and iOS devices

-- Alerts sent up to management console for devices out of policy

-- Cloud scanning enhancements powered by Webroot® Intelligence Network(TM)

(WIN(TM)) services

-- User group management

-- Single point of control for mobile devices and PCs

-- New application level password and lockout feature

-- SecureWeb browsing functionality for stock Android browser and Google


-- Increased efficacy with cloud-powered scanning

-- Lower CPU, memory, bandwidth, and battery utilization

-- Smaller device footprint

Application Risk Management

In response to the increasing threat presented by mobile applications, Webroot also offers the Webroot® Mobile App Reputation Service. This service categorizes and assigns each app a score using proprietary algorithms, allowing for greater detail into what the app actually does once installed, and helping IT managers determine the level of risk an organization faces when users install apps.

Utilizing data collected and analyzed by WIN cloud security services, the Webroot Mobile App Reputation Service affords mobile technology partners and customers the ability to manage the delivery of safe and compliant mobile applications. To date, Webroot has scanned more than 4.8 million iOS and Android applications.

Webroot at MobileCON 2013

Webroot will be a sponsor at MobileCON, the premier conference on mobile information technology, from October 16 to 18, 2013 at the San Jose Convention Center, in San Jose, California. The company will be showcasing Webroot SecureAnywhere Business - Mobile Protection and the Webroot Mobile App Reputation Service in booth #845 of the Security Pavilion. Visitors to the Webroot booth may register for a chance to win a Nexus 7 tablet.

In addition, Grayson Milbourne, Webroot's director of security intelligence, will host a roundtable discussion at the conference on the impacts that malicious apps have on enterprises, and why cybercriminals are going mobile. The session, entitled "What's Fueling the Fire? - Cybercrimes Burning Desire to Attack Mobile Devices," will run Thursday, October 17 at 3:00 p.m.

Purchasing and Availability

The current version of SecureAnywhere Business - Mobile Protection, which supports both iOS and Android, is available online at http://www.webroot.com.

The new edition will be released November 2013 and existing customers will receive this new product version for free.

About Webroot

Webroot is bringing the power of software-as-a-service (SaaS) to Internet security worldwide with its suite of Webroot SecureAnywhere solutions for consumers and businesses, and security intelligence solutions for enterprises and technology partners focused on cyber-security. For more information, visit http://www.webroot.com or call 800.772.9383. Read the Webroot Threat Blog:

http://blog.webroot.com. Follow Webroot on Twitter: http://twitter.com/webroot.

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