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Orange battles malware, OS exploits with Mobile Threat Protection


Orange has launched a new cyber security product to help enterprises protect mobile devices.

The Mobile Threat Protection service comes in the form of an app that runs in the background on a user’s device.

The service is designed to protect against a range of attacks, including apps infected with malware and operating system exploits.

It can also defend against "man-in-the-middle" attacks using compromised public networks such as Wi-Fi, as well as phishing links sent via SMS.

The product was built using Sandblast technology from Israeli cyber firm Check Point Software Technologies.

Enterprises can manage the installed base of devices through a dedicated administration dashboard. It can be deployed as a standalone managed service or integrated directly with existing enterprise device management solutions, including Orange’s Device Management Premium service.

Orange said the app, which works on both iOS and Android devices, will not impact device performance or battery life. The telco offers 24-hour support through its team of experts.

Michel Van Den Berghe, CEO of Orange Cyberdefense, said: “As attacks become more frequent and sophisticated our customers are looking to shore up their mobile security.

“Our Mobile Threat Protection managed service provides a comprehensive and easy-to deploy solution to help secure mobile devices from advanced cyber threats now – and in the future.”

Nathan Shuchami, Vice President of Emerging Products at Check Point Software Technologies, said: “As a direct result of the close relationship between our companies, we are empowering enterprises to adopt mobile technology without the worry of data loss or breach.”

The Orange Cyberdefense unit brings together 1,000 experts worldwide across seven security operation centres.

Other operators with major security offerings include BT, which launched a device protection solution for SMEs in December last year.