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VMware, Trend Micro offer unified approach to enterprise mobile security with new partnership

Trend Micro's cybersecurity solutions are coming to VMware Workspace ONE and VMware AirWatch to help IT leaders protect devices from a growing number of mobile attacks.

To fight a growing number of mobile security threats, Trend Micro Incorporated announced Monday that it has joined the VMware Mobile Security Alliance, and will integrate its cybersecurity solutions into VMware products to help IT leaders manage and protect mobile devices across their business.

Trend Micro's Mobile Security for Enterprise solution will integrate with VMware Workspace ONE and VMware AirWatch. The partnership aims to make threat management and mobile device management (MDM) tools accessible through a single console, according to a press release. This will help users protect corporate data from mobile threats more easily "through policy enforcement and compliance and sharing device security posture information," the release stated.

Trend Micro's Mobile Security for Enterprise can identify unprotected mobile devices on a corporate network, show which devices are compromised within a security dashboard, and automatically take action against those devices with compliance policies.

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Meanwhile, the Trend Micro Smart Protection Network can source threat information globally through application store harvesting, sample submissions, research, and an internal network of global sensors, according to the press release. With the availability of this data and other threat intelligence, administrators can create policies and compliance rules using VMWare Workspace ONE and VMware AirWatch. Then, these policies can be assigned to mobile devices across the enterprise for enforcement. Any data collected on threats or violations gets sent back to VMware AirWatch and included in its security dashboard.

"The organizational shift to a mobile workforce and the popularity of corporate bring-your-own-device (BYOD) rules make it increasingly demanding for IT managers to keep their pulse on the large volume of mobile devices," said Frank Kuo, vice president of user protection products for Trend Micro Incorporated, in the press release. The new solution will allow for faster, more informed decisions about policy and compliance issues to enhance mobile protection, Kuo added.

Mobile security threats grew from 2 million unique threats in 2014 to 34 million so far this year, according to the press release. In Q1 of 2017 alone, mobile ransomware attacks increased by 253%, according to a recent report from Kaspersky Lab. New ransomware families and modifications continue to proliferate as well, the report found.

"As mission-critical business processes become more mobile, threat security and unified endpoint management strategies must be tied to one another," said Adam Rykowski, vice president of product management, mobile products, and end-user computing at VMware, in the press release.

The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readers

1. On Monday, Trend Micro Incorporated announced that it has joined the VMware Mobile Security Alliance, and will integrate its cybersecurity solutions into VMware products to aid IT leaders in managing and protecting mobile devices across their business.

2. Trend Micro's Mobile Security for Enterprise solution will integrate with VMware Workspace ONE and VMware AirWatch, consolidating access to threat and mobile device management solutions into one console.

3. As mobile security threats grew from 2 million unique threats in 2014 to 34 million so far in 2017, enterprises must have plans in place to protect the growing numbers of mobile endpoints in their organizations.

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About Alison DeNisco Rayome

Alison DeNisco Rayome is a Staff Writer for TechRepublic. She covers CXO, cybersecurity, and the convergence of tech and the workplace.

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