Cybersecurity company, Lookout, has partnered with Microsoft to deliver integration of Lookout Mobile Threat Protection with Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS).
In addition, Microsoft has also made a financial investment in Lookout.
Microsoft enterprise client and mobility group corporate vice-president, Brad Anderson, said by delivering an integrated solution with Lookout, business customers will benefit from the freedom and flexibility of mobile productivity, with enhanced capabilities for securing enterprise data and assets.
“Lookout shares our belief that mobility should empower employees, not restrict them.
“Companies should be harnessing the power of the intelligent cloud and mobile threat data to limit their exposure to potential security breaches. We are excited to be working closely together with Lookout to integrate these new capabilities with EMS,” Anderson said.
Lookout CEO, Jim Dolce, said when mobile threats are detected, the integration between Lookout and Microsoft EMS will enable companies to take action to protect data across users, devices and applications.
Companies will have the ability to include threat intelligence from Lookout into the conditional access policies that they have set up in Microsoft EMS to manage and secure access to Cloud and on-premise applications, as well as to selectively wipe corporate data from devices.
According to Dolce, in an increasingly mobile-first, Cloud-first world, the need for safeguarding corporate resources has never been greater.
“Mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, have become the primary computing platform and access point for both our personal and work life, as well as a valuable target for attackers.
“The business agility provided by mobile computing will continue to drive adoption, despite the security risks involved. Lookout and Microsoft empower businesses to embrace the productivity benefits of mobile devices while addressing the security risks,” he said.
Lookout distributor, Exclusive Networks Pacific managing director, Dominic Whitehand, said this partnership will have a huge impact for the channel.
"Lookout addresses the widely neglected issue of security for mobility and BYOD. Employees have access to much of their company's intel through their mobile devices - and yet businesses fail to secure these devices with much more than the factory provided four-digit access code.
“The Microsoft and Lookout partnership offers confidence and brand awareness to the marketplace, which will make this one of the most significant partnership announcements for 2016 in this space,” he added.