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Traced partners with Spear Shield help businesses protect remote staff smartphones

Ipswich-based cybersecurity service provider, Spear Shield, will offer a new Mobile Threat Defence to help companies combat the threat of malware, mobile phishing and attacks over WiFi that can lead to data breaches and ransomware.

Traced Mobile Security (https://traced.app) and cybersecurity specialist Spear Shield announced their partnership to help UK organisations tackle the mobile-borne threats that present an increasing danger to business data security.

Enabling secure remote working

With more employees being asked to work from home, protecting personal devices, as well as corporate-owned ones, is crucial for organisations. Traced’s Mobile Threat Defence (MTD) allows companies to more easily adopt a BYOD (Bring Your Own device) strategy, whereby employees can safely access work emails, cloud storage drives and other business systems from their personal mobile phones and tablets. 

Protection against data breaches and ransomware

Mobile-borne cyberthreats increased 1,400% in the four years between 2016 and 2020[1], and people are more likely to click a phishing link on a mobile device than on a laptop or desktop computer[2]. With smaller screens, fewer “clues” about whether a message is a scam, and different user behaviour on mobile phones, Mobile Threat Defence provides a critical safety net for employees that may click on a phishing link, download malware apps, or connect to compromised WiFi networks. 

If an attacker can drop malware onto the device, they could track every keystroke or send photo snapshots of emails and logins back to the threat actor. If a user enters credentials into a fake version of a website, such as their work email or business app, the attacker has access to that system – leading to data breaches and even ransomware attacks. 

Privacy-first ethos

With Traced’s privacy-first ethos, the cybersecurity consultants at Spear Shield can ensure that their clients’ mobile devices are protected against phishing, malware, device vulnerabilities and Man-in-the-Middle attacks – while ensuring that employee privacy is upheld. Traced and Spear Shield – and even the employees’ organisation – have no visibility of the websites users browse to or what apps they’ve installed on their personal devices; only that a threat has been detected and the user has been guided to remediate that threat. 

With organisations exposed to unprecedented levels of cyber and data security risk, it’s important that mobile devices are protected to the same degree as laptops and desktop computers – and that organisations have visibility over the compliance status of the devices that access business data, but without compromising employee privacy. 

On the partnership

Spear Shield is able to offer Traced Mobile Threat Defence as part of a comprehensive package of cybersecurity services; as a standalone solution; or as a bolt-on to a customer’s existing MDM (Mobile Device Management) platform. 

Benedict Jones, CEO and Co-Founder of Traced, said of the partnership with Spear Shield, “In pursuit of achieving our shared vision, keeping businesses protected against the ever-shifting cyber threat landscape, we are pleased to team up with the security experts at Spear Shield to protect the growing threat surface for businesses that are their mobile endpoints. 

“From our first meeting with the team at Spear Shield, their subject matter expertise and passion to improve global mobile security was absolutely clear. By securing the mobile layer of Spear Shield’s strong security solution stack, we’re together able to manage the risk of mobile threats and provide the best possible protection for organisations.”

Commenting on the partnership, Max Harper, Director at Spear Shield, said: “At Spear Shield, we work with organisations to help solve complex cybersecurity challenges. By partnering with Traced, we can now provide our customers with an intelligent Mobile Threat Defence solution designed with employee privacy in-mind. This will enable organisations to be able to find the balance between having the security required to keep sensitive business data secure, without impacting the privacy of the employee. The team at Traced share the same passion and enthusiasm to help customers solve cybersecurity challenges and we’re excited to see the partnership accelerate the growth of both organisations.”

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