Lookout reveals mobile-first endpoint detection and response solution

New EDR solution looks beyond the typical malware for threats on mobile devices

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Lookout Inc., a leader in mobile security, released the first comprehensive mobile endpoint detection and response (EDR) solution, which incorporates its Lookout Security Platform to analyze mobile threats (e.g., Pegasus, Dark Caracal, Monokle, SilkBean). Lookout EDR allows companies to do their own research and prevent data breaches.

Cybercriminals use advanced methods beyond malware and exploits to cause data breaches. Lookout protects companies against various issues, including malicious apps, app risks, vulnerabilities and phishing URLs. The combination of EDR with the Lookout Security Platform has created the “industry's first comprehensive capability to detect and respond to mobile threats in order to stop advanced attacks.” 

"This past year, we have seen organizations of all sizes and industries struggle to ensure their security protocols match with the unique needs of their remote workforce," said Phil Hochmuth, program vice president of enterprise mobility at IDC. "It is no longer sufficient to only have activity monitoring for desktop and laptop computers as mobile devices have become a primary tool employees use to stay productive away from the office."

Providing EDR for mobile endpoints differs for desktops and laptops. Lookout employs a mobile-first approach to take mobile’s constrained resources into account. It also considers end users’ privacy and supports the threat response and investigation process.

"Every employee uses a mobile device for work but most companies are not monitoring attacks on these devices. For that reason, advanced persistent threats (APTs) are increasingly attacking mobile rather than traditional endpoints or corporate infrastructure," says Aaron Cockerill, chief strategy officer at Lookout. "Mobile endpoint detection and response enables organizations to hunt for APTs by identifying the mobile component of these cyberattacks."

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Lookout developed the platform using artificial intelligence (AI) on telemetry data from about 200 million devices and more than 120 million apps. Security analysts can research APTs and investigate incidents found by the platform to identify app and device threats, uncover risky app behavior and automatically convict malicious code.

"When EDR was first introduced for desktop and laptop devices, it provided an important tool for security teams to investigate advanced cyberattacks and prevent a data breach," says John Ramsey, chief information security officer, National Student Clearinghouse. "Mobile endpoints like smartphones, tablets and Chromebooks need the same EDR coverage, and the direction that Lookout is taking fills a critical requirement."

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