Denis Ferrand-Ajchenbaum, SVP Global Business Development & Ecosystems at Exclusive Networks
Zimperium, a global leader in mobile security, has announced its first pan-European distribution agreement with cybersecurity specialist Exclusive Networks, providing its full portfolio to Exclusive Networks’ partner community across multiple territories including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
Zimperium is the global leader in the critical Mobile Threat Defence (MTD) market. Its own branded solutions are complemented with several OEM agreements with major mobile device manufacturers and cyber security solution providers that embed Zimperium technology to deliver best in class mobile endpoint and application protection.
“Most organisations have embraced increasingly distributed and remote workforces, a trend that accelerated during the pandemic – leading to a massive growth in enterprise driven mobile device usage. Unfortunately, cyber criminals have also adapted and are actively targeting these mobile users at a rate we have not seen before”, explains Ashish Patel, General Manager EMEA for Zimperium. “The idea that smart mobile devices are immune to cyber-attacks commonly found on desktops is a fallacy – and recent examples such as Pegasus spyware on government-owned iPhones and ransomware attacks from an initial breach via mobile devices are the tip of an impending iceberg that channel partners need to help clients halt. This new partnership between Zimperium and Exclusive Networks offers the best technology and industry expertise to help them face this emerging challenge.”
Research from Google’s Project Zero team found that Zero day, exploited vulnerabilities against mobile devices in 2021 was greater than the previous 5 years combined. It found the total number of exploits more than doubled to 58, with 17 targeted at mobile operating systems. While the number of exploits targeting mobile devices grew by a factor of six, and, as a percentage of all exploits, almost tripled.
In 2021, Zimperium’s mobile security analysis uncovered 2,034,217 new malware samples detected in the wild. On average, that is nearly 36,000 new strains of malware a week and over 5,000 a day.
MTD is becoming a requirement for enterprises, as they look to secure these unprotected endpoints. According to Gartner’s 2021 Market Guide for Mobile Threat Defense , “by 2025 more than half of organisations in regulated industries will have a security solution for both iOS and Android devices.”
Commenting on the announcement, Denis Ferrand-Ajchenbaum, SVP Global Business Development & Ecosystems at Exclusive Networks, said: “the threat to mobile devices is significant and growing and we are pleased to partner with Zimperium on this drive to strengthen cybersecurity, safety and privacy through our specialist go-to-market support and services. Zimperium provides a complementary fit across almost every aspect of our portfolio and offers our partners leading-edge technology supported by our specialist expertise to help them break into an emerging market that is growing faster than almost any other cyber security area.”
Exclusive Networks is a global trusted cybersecurity specialist for digital infrastructure and has offices in 43 countries, working closely with partners across 150 nations spanning five continents. Exclusive Networks has a unique ‘local sale, global scale’ model, combining the focus and value of local independents with the scale and service delivery of a single worldwide distribution network.
The agreement started on December 20th 2021 with Exclusive Networks delivering value added services to the zPartner programme such as multi-lingual sales and technical training, MDF, marketing and technical support, deal registration and partner certification.
The agreement also coincides with a new channel led promotion that allows registered partners to provide two free risk assessments to their clients. The Mobile Application Risk Assessment (MARA) and Mobile Device Risk Assessment (MDRA) are provided at no cost to the customer and identify risks posed by managed and unmanaged (BYO) mobile devices and applications across critical Network, Device, OS and Phishing vectors. The detailed reporting offered by the each assessment helps partners deliver mitigation strategies for security, privacy and compliance issues.