Lookout and Microsoft enterprise mobility partnership now generally available

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Mobile security provider Lookout has announced the general availability of its Microsoft-flavoured Lookout Mobile Endpoint Security product, which integrates with the Redmond firm’s Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) suite.

The two companies’ partnership was first announced in June, with the message from both sides being clear: companies need to embrace shadow IT for their productivity and incorporate it into their mobile strategy, and a combination of the two products gives IT and security the ability to protect data across users, devices and applications as soon as a mobile threat is detected.

Now, the combined product has become generally available, with documentation available on Microsoft’s Intune site giving a step by step guide for Lookout device threat protection.

“This means that while enterprise employees more seriously consider mobile devices to be an invaluable tool in their everyday working lives, enterprise IT teams don’t have to struggle to secure the rapidly increasing number of endpoints on their networks,” a company blog post stated.

Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of enterprise mobility for Microsoft, added in a statement: “The digital transformation that’s affecting every organisation brings with it increasingly sophisticated threats – and mobile devices are at the forefront of many cyberattacks. The integration between Lookout and Microsoft EMS helps ensure that, despite this increased risk, any enterprise can benefit from mobile productivity with the assurance that their corporate assets are better protected.”

Lookout claims to protect against threats across three attack vendors; app-based, such as Trojans, spyware and rootkits, to network-based threats, man in the middle and SSL attacks, and OS-based threats, such as advanced jailbreaking and rooting of iOS and Android devices respectively.

Microsoft and Lookout aren’t the only two enterprise mobility software and security companies partnering up; last month BlackBerry announced a deal with Zimperium, a mobile threat management platform provider, for greater security for enterprise and government customers.

 

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