Symantec has acquired mobile security provider Appthority to ‘reinforce its commitment to protect modern endpoints and operating systems.’
The move will see Appthority be immediately placed into Symantec’s endpoint security arm, and comes a year after the latter acquired mobile threat defence provider Skycure.
Among Appthority’s products are offerings focused on threat detection, threat management and threat intelligence, as well as GDPR compliance tools. Yet longer-term readers of this publication will recognise Appthority from its various research papers around blacklisted enterprise applications. This year saw Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp Messenger again attempt to be used, and subsequently binned, by enterprises.
Symantec has been busy itself when it comes to endpoint security, recently adding to its portfolio target attack analytics and SEP hardening application isolation. The company says Appthority’s technology would be a ‘key addition to Symantec’s Integrated Cyber Defense Platform’, adding that it ‘delivers on the promise of broader mobile security that combines the best of mobile app analysis and mobile threat defence to enhance overall security and workflow.’
“Mobile apps are a critical threat vector that every company must address to protect their enterprise security,” said Adi Sharabani, SVP modern OS security at Symantec. “The Appthority technology extends SEP Mobile’s capabilities in limiting unwanted app behaviours, supporting regulatory compliance, and assessing vulnerabilities.”
Appthority’s final destination may not come as a huge surprise. The company had previously been part of the Symantec Ventures portfolio. Paul Stich, then-CEO of Appthority, said last year that the two companies shared mobile app and threat intelligence data respectively, saying the ‘door was always open’ for M&A deals.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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