Symantec Mobile Security Assessment Suite Helps Mitigate Mobile Device and App Risks

Written report includes a scorecard of the organization’s mobile security readiness, detailed findings and recommendations, and prioritized action plans for closing existing gaps.

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Symantec Corp. has released the Symantec Mobile Security Assessment Suite, a set of services that help enterprises evaluate their mobile security postures and develop defenses against mobile threats and vulnerabilities. Leveraging Symantec’s knowledge base, technical skills, and operational knowledge, the Symantec Mobile Security Assessment Suite provides enterprises with strategic and tactical recommendations for the secure deployment of mobile devices and applications.

The exploding use of mobile devices and mobile applications within enterprises creates a unique set of challenges that must be addressed to ensure that sensitive information accessed, stored, and transmitted is properly protected. These challenges have left many organizations wondering how to manage the risks associated with these devices, transitioning them from simply consumer devices on the enterprise network to properly managed and protected endpoints.

Symantec Mobile Security Assessment Suite uses a solution-oriented approach based on Symantec’s exclusive Mobile Security Framework. It consists of two modules; one for holistic assessment of enterprise mobile security, and one specifically focused on mobile application security.

  • Symantec Mobile Security Assessments evaluate the level of risk inherent in the enterprise use of mobile computing devices, such as the Apple iPhone, iPad, or Android phones and tablets. The assessment provides an understanding of present or anticipated exposure to information security risk likely to result from gaps within the information security programs, policies and processes, based on mobile device use cases and available security controls.

  • Symantec Mobile App Security Assessments evaluate the security of an organization’s custom mobile applications against best practice criteria for mobile application security. By simulating real-world device operating system and application-level attacks, the tests provide insight into the ability of an organization’s mobile applications to resist attacks from unauthorized users and to help prevent misuse by valid users.

After completion of the assessments, Symantec delivers a written report that includes an executive summary that shows the high-level analysis and findings, a scorecard illustrating the organization’s mobile security readiness, detailed findings and recommendations, and prioritized action plans for closing any gaps that may exist. Enterprises can use the final report to formalize their mobile strategies and deployment plans around mobile device management, mobile data loss prevention, mobile encryption, mobile anti-virus, and mobile authentication.

More information is available at www.symantec.com.