Sophos Recognized By IDC MarketScape In Mobile Threat Management (MTM)

Date : 15-Sep-2020
Location: Kuala Lumpur


Sophos,a worldwide leader in next-generation cybersecurity. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Sophos was named a Leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Mobile Threat Management Software 2020 Vendor Assessment (doc # US46092220, September 2020), which evaluates the product offerings and business strategies of 10 mobile threat management (MTM) vendors.
  • Sophos Intercept X for Mobile is an industry leader with protection against sophisticated and evolving cybersecurity threats. Device, network and application security protect against jailbreaking, mobile phishing, Man-in-the-Middle attacks, malicious applications, and more.
  • According to the report, “Sophos' combination of mobile threat management (MTM) and Mobile unified endpoint management (UEM) products is rare among MTM vendors and unique among vendors in this study - This combination gives Sophos a strong advantage in situations where enterprises want a single vendor for both mobile device management and security enforcement.


  • Sophos Intercept X for Mobile has robust capabilities in protecting Android, iOS and Chrome OS users from known and never before seen mobile threats.
  • The solution is supported with threat analysis from SophosLabs, which analyzes more than 400,000 daily malware samples to stay ahead of emerging threats, such as Fleeceware.
  • Sophos Intercept X for Mobile also features strong integrations – including with the Sophos Mobile unified endpoint management (UEM); easy management in the cloud-based Sophos Central platform, which includes Sophos’ entire portfolio of next-generation cybersecurity solutions.

Sophos Mobile unified endpoint management (UEM)
Sophos Mobile Unified Endpoint Management (UEM)


Dan Schiappa, chief product officer at Sophos,said,the BYOD culture is increasingly popular,in turn,exposes enterprises with security vulnerability rooted from various personal activities such as mobile social media activity.  


  • Fake “Pop Up” Alerts Con Computer and Mobile Phone Users into Clicking Malware
    • Clicking pop ups on your phone or computer are inherently irresistible. Clicking a pop up indicating a problem with your device and prompting you to contact tech support is even more so, and that’s what cybercriminals are counting on. 
    • SophosLabs Uncut has researched a resurgence of fake alerts, called Scareware or Malvertising, that lure you into thinking you need technical support and then buying fake apps or fleeceware off a mobile app store. These fake alerts also now prompt you to “call back,” saving scammers from having to cold call or voice-phish victims.
  • Fleeceware : a new type of mobile threat discovered by Sophos as applications that overcharge users for basic functionality available elsewhere on low cost or free applications.
  • Sophos Research Found That Ransomware Is Not Going Away
    • Ransomware is not going away and is growing in terms of sophistication. Human intelligence and response are critical security components to detect and neutralize early indicators that an attack is underway.
  • ProLock ransomware : victims who paid the ransom but did not get the files back, it was found that the decryptor, provided by the attackers, corrupts the data that has been encrypted during the ransomware attack.

Scareware or Malvertising of Fake Alerts #1
Scareware or Malvertising of Fake Alerts #1

Scareware or Malvertising of Fake Alerts #2
Scareware or Malvertising of Fake Alerts #2

Scareware or Malvertising of Fake Alerts #3
Scareware or Malvertising of Fake Alerts #3

Scareware or Malvertising of Fake Alerts #4
Scareware or Malvertising of Fake Alerts #4


Editor's comments:

  • Mobile threat management (MTM) is referring to the light-weight threat defense mobile app for Android, iOS, and Chrome OS,whilst Mobile unified endpoint management (UEM) is referring to the cloud based full-fledged central platform which can be used by servers and PCs.
  • The MTM solution integrates with the UEM solution, providing a full suite mobile security solution for enterprise.