In a time of heightened concern over remote workers being targeted by cyber threats, Telstra has included licensing for the Wandera mobile security and data compliance product in select business plans.
Telstra has responded to the business need to secure corporate mobile devices by delivering a targeted promotion with its mobile security partner, Wandera.
For a limited time Telstra will provide its corporate customers with Wandera licensing included at no charge on select Telstra corporate plans.
As a Telstra Platinum Partner, MobileCorp is able to leverage this offer for Telstra customers.
What is Wandera MTD?
Wandera is a cloud-based mobile threat defence and data policy compliance platform.
It is powered by a threat intelligence engine that ingests information from 425 million mobile sensors daily to protect against the broadest range of known and zero day threats.
Wandera also assists in the management of mobile data consumption and optimisation through data capping, content filtering and even tethering (mobile hotspot) management.
It also plays a role in compliance and workplace safety by ensuring that remote users only access approved sites, applications and services.
Wandera has been recognised as a global leader in mobile threat defence by Gartner, IDC and Forrester.
The need has never been greater for mobile endpoint threat defence
The mobile threat landscape has been expanding for several years and with the onset of sudden remote work due to Covid-19 has multiplied beyond recognition.
Securing corporate endpoint devices is a priority for IT leaders as we enter an enduring era of remote working.
"The number of mobile devices accessing the corporate network remotely has skyrocketed in a short space of time. This has magnified the risk to the network. The need for enhanced cybersecurity and data protection systems on mobile devices is now the most pressing concern, and it will remain so into the future.
Security challenges of a distributed workforce
Remote working creates a unique new set of mobile, network and data protection challenges. Here are the top four:
1. The mobile threat landscape has expanded due to remote working
Prior to the pandemic, enterprises had strict rules prohibiting employees from connecting to corporate networks from home. In many cases those restrictions were hastily set aside. Many organisations had no choice but to allow employees to connect to centralised corporate networking through devices on home networks. This directly correlates to increased risk in managing the growth in physical, logical connections to the organisation's operating environment.
Remote workers also create infinite new access points for hackers to exploit. Employees entering their email systems from remote locations also increase the possibility of clicking on sinister links, compromising existing cyber-security systems.
2. Data leakage is obvious risk
Accessing data, sharing data, and storing data from remote locations are all threat vectors.
Data leakage - unintentional more than malicious - can easily occur through use of remote printer-sharing, remote desktop file-sharing, and remote USB connections.
The use of personal devices equals a real chance of delivering ransomware into the office network and allowing company data to leak out.
3. Financial implications of excess data consumption
Remote working is resulting in a steep spike in data consumption. Without visibility of endpoint devices, it is impossible for organisations to know if the extra data is supporting productivity, or if it is being used for non-business related purposes.
Many Australian companies are on carrier contracts which have a per service data allowance. Alternatively there will be a shared data pool. In either case, exceeding the allowance, can have significant financial implications for the business.
4. Setting the stage to deliver corporate responsibility to employees
Australian enterprise and business are careful to lock down desktop computers to ensure that employees are unable to access inappropriate content in the workplace. There remains a corporate responsibility to extend that protection to employees whose workplace is remote from a centralised office. There is also a reputational protection of the business in doing so.
Allowing employees to access illegal or illicit sites on their work devices even, outside the office, opens the organisation up to questions of workplace health and safety.
MobileCorp offers a Wandera professional service
MobileCorp has been working with a number of customers to address mobile security gaps even before the Covid-19 impact on our workforce. However, with the rushed move to remote working, there is an even more compelling business case for the mobile security solution.
MobileCorp is a Wandera and Telstra partner. We offer a range of Wandera professional services including leveraging Telstra's promotional offer on Wandera licensing and
- solution consultancy
- licensing procurement
- solution implementation
- integration with UEM environments
- integration with identity and access management (IAM) solutions and single sign-on (SSO)
We also offer an optional ongoing managed service to monitor, manage and provide relevant reporting from the Wandera environment.
MobileCorp is an Australian communications technology company providing Mobile Device Management, Managed Mobility Services, Mobile Security, Complex Data and IP Networks, and Unified Communication solutions. It has a proven track record providing solution architecture, build, deployment, and managed services for Australian enterprise and business.