As Citrix moves beyond thinking of Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) to Unified Endpoint Management (UEM), the starting point is contemplating policy implementation on different devices. For example, recently, Citrix has announced endpoint management support for Chromebooks that takes advantage of specific policies on those devices.

The pace of innovation continues with support for new devices like the Citrix Ready workspace hub and a different approach for managing Windows 10 endpoints. Of course, traditionally, security on mobile devices has come down to policy enforcement, as well, whether at the device level (MDM) or application level (MAM). The primary focus being the enforcement of policies on devices and mobile apps to mitigate the risk of data loss.

XenMobile offers control of dozens of such policies across multiple devices. These policies could be anything from disallowing copy/paste from corporate apps to requiring 2-factor authentication.

For some customers, this is the right amount of security. Others, however, may want enhanced, proactive security. For example, what about external attackers trying to gain access to corporate data on mobile devices? Policy enforcement through XenMobile is the foundational layer of protection against these sorts of attacks, but some customers are looking for additional layers. That’s where Mobile Threat Defense (MTD) comes in.

Many Citrix customers are evaluating MTD as an added layer of proactive security. MTD solutions scan the device and proactively look for suspicious apps or activity, often-using machine learning to identify the threat. XenMobile integrates with leading MTD solutions, such as Checkpoint, Skycure, and Wandera. These technologies can then communicate with XenMobile, allowing actions to take place based on the threat.

For example, let’s say a user downloads an app from their mobile device app store. Using machine learning and analytics, an MTD solution can evaluate that app and assign a risk level based on how that app is behaving and what other apps it is attempting to access. If it is determined to be malicious, a communication can be sent to the XenMobile administrator or automated actions can take place to restrict access to corporate information until the threat no longer is present.

This type of proactive monitoring, notification and integration will become increasingly necessary as mobile attacks become more sophisticated. Because of this, mobile threat detection and prevention will be a big part of the discussion this year at RSA 2018.

Attending RSA this year? Learn more about how Citrix addresses mobile security at Citrix booth #1515 located in the South Expo Hall.