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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Symantec & AirWatch Deliver Integrated Approach to Mobile Threats Defense


Today at Connect 2016, Symantec a global leader in cyber security, and VMware, global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, announced the development of a strategic partnership to bring together endpoint management and threat security where Symantec joins the VMware Mobile Security Alliance.

Effective cyber security requires understanding and leveraging the latest in information intelligence, machine learning, behavior analysis, zero-day threats and big data. It is crucial to bring this type of intelligence into mobile security as devices and apps have increasingly become the target for cyber attacks ranging from malware to ransomware.

In the 2016 Internet Security Threat Report, Symantec reported that new mobile vulnerabilities increased by 214 percent in 2015. This validates the need to complement threat intelligence with comprehensive endpoint management to achieve end-to-end security from the device to inside the data center.

To address the challenges of increased vulnerabilities, Symantec and VMware plan to integrate their cyber security and endpoint management technologies. Symantec and VMware will be working to enable organizations to have the ability to leverage advanced machine learning techniques through Symantec’s Global Intelligence Network with integrated identity management and unified endpoint management via the VMware AirWatch compliance engine.Symantec and VMware look forward to this unique partnership that will merge cutting edge threat intelligence with industry leading enterprise mobility management.

 “By collaborating with VMware, we will work to deliver integrated solutions that include the best in security from Symantec with the best in management from VMware,” said Sean Doherty, vice president of Technology Partnerships and Alliances at Symantec. “When you combine threat and information protection technologies with a platform that provides access to device and application heath with the ability to remediate threats across a wide range of devices and operating systems, the outcome is incredibly powerful for our mutual customers. This partnership with VMware will be an opportunity for both companies to drive innovation in threat management.”

“Customers moving toward the digital workspace model are increasingly conscious of their device health and posture, and it is crucial that devices accessing corporate data are secure,” said Blake Brannon, vice president, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware. “It is our role in the security and mobility industry to monitor for unusual or risky behavior and take action against those devices, to protect our customers well before a threat ensues. Our partnership with Symantec will be focused on addressing these needs and will offer mutual customers a validated and integrated approach to managing both device security and remediation across their mobile deployments.”

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