MobileIron and Zebra FOTA: Closing the gap in Android threat remediation

Over the years, Android devices have been the targets of all kinds of exploits. Some exploits are simply annoying while others can take over the entire device and download other forms of malware without the user knowing. Some attackers even offer legitimate services through malicious apps that are widely available and downloaded through third-party app stores. While Android's open-source operating system has provided affordable mobile access to millions of people around the world, it has also made it easier for hackers to infiltrate devices. 

Large device manufacturers have taken enormous steps to help consumers protect their personal devices from Android exploits. But what about enterprise users?

Mobile employees with corporate-owned devices tend to worry less about malicious threats because they assume their IT department has all of their security bases covered. This sometimes means mobile employees are less vigilant about good security hygiene — which can make the job of mobile IT security that much harder. In addition, because corporate-owned mobile devices are widely dispersed around the company (or around the world), it can be a huge challenge to keep them consistently updated with the latest security patches.

The good news is, MobileIron provides comprehensive mobile device management (MDM) and security for all of your corporate-owned Android devices (as well as iOS, macOS, Windows 10, and more). Our mobile-centric, zero trust unified endpoint management (UEM) platform helps you proactively prevent mobile threats on Zebra devices because our solution is fully integrated with Zebra’s Lifeguard for Android service, which delivers critical firmware over the air (FOTA) updates. This helps automate and simplify three key steps to prevent device and OS level threats:

  1. Identify threats. MobileIron Threat Defense (MTD) proactively detects and remediates threats on the device using machine learning and forensics that can alert admins when an exploit is detected. 

  2. Mitigate risk. MobileIron UEM can be configured to apply a security policy based on the threat level. For instance, if high-risk attacks like Android zero-day, Xhelper, or man-in-the-middle exploits are detected, the device can be blocked or quarantined from corporate access until the threat is remediated.

  3. Update software to fix the exploit. MobileIron’s support for FOTA means that IT can instantly push security fixes to any or all Zebra devices to protect them from the exploit. Not only does this provide immediate protection, it eliminates the time-consuming task of manually updating every corporate-owned device. It also ensures 100% coverage for OS updates because no user action is required to install and activate security patches. 

If you’re an IT security professional worried about the latest Android threat dominating the headlines, you can hopefully sleep better at night knowing that MobileIron has you covered with Android MDM.

Want to learn more? Find out how MobileIron is helping customers deploy Zebra phone security to frontline employees wherever they work.

Vikram Jayaraman

Senior Product Manager

About the author

Vikram Jayaraman manages strategy and product roadmap for Android at MobileIron and works closely with customers to deploy and secure Android devices with MobileIron UEM products. Before joining MobileIron, Vikram worked in Cisco and Egnyte defining strategies for products in IoT, Cloud Storage and Network Management.