TOKYO, October 6, 2015 -- Lookout, the global leader in mobile security, today introduced Lookout Mobile Threat Protection to Japan. This product allows large enterprises to embrace mobility in the workplace while protecting company data, securing against malicious attacks, and maintaining compliance with security policies through effective risk management. As part of its strategy to sell to the enterprise entirely through value added resellers and distributors, Lookout is also announcing today its first partnership in Japan with ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation, the country’s leading system integrator.
According to a recent IDC report,1 “While mobile has not altered the basic tenets of computer security, nor the malicious intent of the bad guys, it does offer new pathways to exploit. Understanding where these threat vectors exist and how to effectively undermine them — through both process and technology — will be of utmost importance in enhancing security posture.” In fact, in a study of mobile devices associated with the network of a major Japanese enterprise, Lookout found more than 2,100 app-based threats, including trojans, surveillanceware and root enablers.
“Just two weeks ago, the first major iOS malware outbreak was reported and the world learned what those of us in the security industry have known for quite some time: there are no perfect systems, all devices are subject to attack,” said Masanori Osuga, Lookout Japan Country Manager. “Today’s workforce increasingly consumes, creates, and shares sensitive enterprise data on mobile devices and yet, we don’t see IT security leaders protecting mobile devices the way they do other computers in the enterprise. In bringing Lookout Mobile Threat Protection to Japanese organizations, we seek to close the gap that results from simply managing mobile devices, not securing them.”
Lookout believes the first step to protection is full visibility into the risks that mobile devices introduce. In using Lookout Mobile Threat Protection, enterprises gain visibility into those risks as well as the ability to detect and protect against malicious applications, such as those containing XcodeGhost. Risks include apps that may not be malicious but violate a company’s security posture, installed apps that did not come from an official app store and may have malicious capabilities, as well as devices compromised by jailbreak or root, particularly those that attempt to evade detection with common techniques.
More than 75 million consumers worldwide, including more than 3 million in Japan, have chosen Lookout for personal mobile security. These users feed threat intelligence into the Lookout Security Platform, which accesses virtually all the mobile code in the world, including a dataset of more than 15 million apps, to make accurate security predictions. Gartner recently recognized Lookout as a “Cool Vendor,” seen by the company as validation of this predictive security model.2
Lookout is the only provider to extend this comprehensive knowledge of the mobile ecosystem to the enterprise, allowing organizations to define and manage risk for their mobile device users. The result is powerful, predictive mobile security that does not impede business productivity, ensuring strong adoption across the organization. Specific features of Lookout Mobile Threat Protection include:
- Advanced malware protection: Go beyond signatures and behavioral analysis with the Lookout Security Platform, which predicts attacks before an app exhibits suspicious behavior or does harm to an organization.
- Risky app management: Distinguish between malicious apps and those that exhibit risky behaviors that may violate a company’s security posture, such as exfiltrating contacts to foreign servers.
- Risk management based on user groups: Manage risk based on certain user characteristics, such as geography, department, or seniority within an organization.
- Sideloaded app detection: Gain visibility into all installed apps that did not come from an official app store and may have malicious or risky capabilities.
- Advanced root and jailbreak detection: Uncover compromised devices, even when common detection evasion techniques are used.
- MDM integration: Leverage current MDM investments for simple device provisioning and to remediate or quarantine devices identified by Lookout as risky. Lookout’s MDM partners today include Airwatch by VMware and MobileIron.
- Delightful user experience: Ensure adoption with a lightweight, design-centric mobile application that preserves battery life and alleviates privacy concerns.
- Cross-platform protection: Secure both Android and iOS devices.
Lookout is already working with some of the world's largest financial services, insurance, legal, consulting and entertainment firms and has channel partnerships with a number of the world’s largest and most respected value added resellers and distributors.
Lookout Mobile Threat Protection is generally available in Japan today.
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1 IDC, Five Key Trends for Mobile Security in 2015, doc #254243, February 2015
2 Gartner Cool Vendors in Security Infrastructure Protection, 2015, Ray Wagner, Joseph Feiman, Avivah Litan, Neil MacDonald, Lawrence Orans, Peter Firstbrook, John Girard, Dionisio Zumerle, April 2015.