The future of security: smarter devices that protect themselves

Jamf officially completed its Zecops acquisition this week. Why is this important? And what could it mean for enterprise mobile security? Potentially a lot.

Security beyond the perimeter

To get an answer to the question, think about how security has evolved. as the proliferation of mobile devices has made traditional security protections even less effective than they used to be.

Mobile devices now account for 59% of global website traffic. But almost half (45%) of the companies surveyed in the last Verizon Mobile Safety Index say they have had a compromise involving a mobile device in the past 12 months.

Company firewalls only protect those inside the wall, and malware retrospective testers by nature don’t detect an attack until it happens.

Traditional security models have now been replaced by the concept of endpoint security, where security is applied based on device, user, location, and even application. It is this evolving understanding of security that contributes to today’s security industry buzzwords—things like zero trust, multi-factor authentication, and passwordless security—all are components of the new approach.

But can devices protect themselves?

Another tactic is the continued attempt to build security protection into the device itself, something like the Secure Enclave in Apple products. But it implies even more: developing systems that are intelligent enough to recognize if they have been attacked.

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