30 Coolest Mobile Device Management And Security Companies: 2019 Mobility 100

We've rounded up the leading security vendors focused on mobile threats to businesses, along with the top providers of mobile device management solutions.

Mobile Security Innovators

It’s 2019, and it’s now well known that increasingly on-the-go employees are accessing corporate data on mobile devices over all manner of networks—both secure and insecure. A March survey of RSA attendees by mobile security firm Lookout found that 76 percent of survey respondents reported accessing corporate data from personal mobile devices and/or public WiFi. Meanwhile, more than half of the respondents said they plan to boost their spending on mobile security over the coming 12 months. Cybersecurity vendors large and small have stepped up to offer advanced mobile security and device management solutions to meet the need, with a growing focus on mobile threat defense and unified endpoint management.

What follows is our roundup of the leading mobile security companies and mobile device management providers to know about in 2019.

Better Mobile Security

Top Executive: Senai Ahderom, CEO

Headquarters: New York

Better Mobile Security offers mobile threat defense using technologies including mobile phishing protection and AI-powered threat detection. Better Mobile Security recently announced a collaboration with Microsoft to integrate its solution with the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security platform, allowing administrators to provision the Better ActiveShield application using the Microsoft Intune console.


Top Executive: Florin Talpes, CEO

Headquarters: Romania

Bitdefender's GravityZone Security for Mobile solution offers unified security to minimize administrative effort, advanced anti-malware technology and management for both iOS and Android devices. The offering is integrated with Bitdefender's GravityZone Control Center to provide mobile security policy enforcement without a need for additional infrastructure.


Top Executive: John Chen, CEO

Headquarters: Waterloo, Ontario

BlackBerry recently expanded its security focus with the launch of BlackBerry Spark, which the company is calling an "Enterprise of Things" platform that secures all devices from "across the mobile network and into a company’s infrastructure." Spark includes app-level, 256-bit AES encryption that meets FIPS federal standards.

Check Point Software Technologies

Top Executive: Gil Shwed, CEO

Headquarters: San Carlos, Calif., and Israel

Check Point has sought to bring a comprehensive approach to mobile security with solutions including SandBlast Mobile (mobile threat defense for Android and iOS devices), Capsule Workspace (for securing business environments on mobile) and SandBlast Agent endpoint protection (which offers unified management and policy enforcement across Windows and macOS). Meanwhile, Check Point's Infinity architecture includes threat intelligence that can be shared with mobile devices.

Citrix Systems

Top Executive: David Henshall, CEO

Headquarters: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Citrix Endpoint Management, formerly known as XenMobile, is a unified endpoint management solution for managing all devices within an organization including laptops, smartphones and tablets. The solution also offers mobile app management along with configuration and management of shared devices and apps.


Top Executive: Melih Abdulhayoglu, CEO

Headquarters: Clifton, N.J.

Comodo's mobile device management offering provides automated enrollment and configuration of iOS and Android devices, along with enforcement of BYOD policies. Key capabilities include lifecycle management for devices and data; configuration of application whitelists and blacklists; and requiring devices to be encrypted and compliant before corporate email can be accessed.


Top Executive: Richard Marko, CEO

Headquarters: Slovakia

For iPhones and iPads, ESET's mobile device management solution enables administrators to remotely push settings, remotely wipe data and whitelist/blacklist apps. For Android devices, ESET offers endpoint security capabilities including anti-malware, anti-phishing, app blocking/monitoring and remote management, including remote wiping.


Top Executive: Michael DeCesare, CEO

Headquarters: San Jose, Calif.

ForeScout specializes in offering device visibility and control, including for mobile devices, via products such as its CounterACT solution. CounterACT provides agentless visibility and classification of devices as soon as they connect to a network, along with enforcement of security policies.

Gemalto, a Thales Company

Top Executive: Philippe Vallée, CEO

Headquarters: France

Gemalto's mobile security solutions include Mobile ID, a smartphone app for strong authentication and identity verification. Mobile ID enables a second factor of authentication using the mobile phone number itself for verification, providing scalable identity management and authentication services.


Top Executive: Ginni Rometty, CEO

Headquarters: Armonk, N.Y.

IBM's unified endpoint management solution, IBM MaaS360 with Watson, uses artificial intelligence to enhance the secure management of devices, users, apps and data. Google recently named IBM MaaS360 with Watson as an Android Enterprise Recommended solution for enterprise mobility management.


Top Executive: Dean Hager, CEO

Headquarters: Minneapolis

Jamf's flagship product, Jamf Pro, is an enterprise mobility management solution for managing and securing Apple devices such as the iPhone, iPad tablet line and MacBook notebook line. Recent updates have included the addition of managed software updates and an inventory preload feature, which lets administrators upload mobile device inventory data before devices are enrolled.

Kaspersky Lab

Top Executive: Eugene Kaspersky, CEO

Headquarters: Russia

The Kaspersky Security for Mobile solution offers features including mobile threat defense (including mobile anti-malware and anti-theft); mobile device management (including rollout of unified security policies); and simplified mobility enablement and management (including capabilities for easier deployments and a centralized management console).


Top Executive: Jim Dolce, CEO

Headquarters: San Francisco

Lookout offers technology to secure businesses against a wide variety of mobile threats on both iOS and Android, including app-, device- and network-based threats. The company differentiates by leveraging its dataset of 170 million devices and 70 million inspected apps in its mobile threat defense solutions.


Top Executive: Marcin Kleczynski, CEO

Headquarters: Santa Clara, Calif.

Malware prevention and remediation specialist Malwarebytes offers solutions for securing both iOS and Android devices, including with the company's Malwarebytes for iOS solution introduced last July. Malwarebytes for iOS features call protection (to block or provide warnings about scammer calls); web protection and ad blocking in Safari; and text message filtering.


Top Executive: Chris Young, CEO

Headquarters: Santa Clara, Calif.

McAfee re-entered the mobile security space last July with the introduction of new endpoint, automation and orchestration offerings that can scale to meet the needs of larger businesses. The company followed up with the debut of MVision EDR, which takes context and data present at the endpoint and moves it to the cloud to enable analysis.


Top Executive: Simon Biddiscombe, CEO

Headquarters: Mountain View, Calif.

Enterprise mobility management specialist MobileIron offers what it calls the "industry’s first mobile-centric, zero trust platform," which was enhanced with new capabilities in April. The enhancements include the addition of mobile application management for unmanaged devices; improved security with mobile threat detection; and expanded support for macOS, Android and Windows 10 endpoints.

Palo Alto Networks

Top Executive: Nikesh Arora, CEO

Headquarters: Santa Clara, Calif.

Palo Alto Networks enables organizations to secure their mobile users with its GlobalProtect solution, a cloud-delivered service that can adapt to meet demand as users move from place to place. GlobalProtect extends the company's network of next-gen firewalls into whatever geography users may be located in, through automatically routing traffic to nearby firewalls.


Top Executive: Clement Saad, CEO

Headquarters: France

Pradeo specializes in offering mobile threat defense for both corporate-owned and BYOD mobile devices, along with providing security for mobile applications and data. Pradeo's key partners include Samsung, with the company offering a mobile threat defense solution specific to Samsung devices that leverages Samsung's Knox security platform.


Top Executive: Gary Steele, CEO

Headquarters: Sunnyvale, Calif.

Proofpoint's Mobile Defense solutions focuses on detecting malicious apps--including apps that have been vetted and published in public app stores--as well as analyzing WiFi networks for mobile security threats, risky configurations and attacks. Proofpoint's client app, available for both iOS and Android, also detects device anomalies such as abnormal CPU usage and file system tampering that can point toward a zero-day threat.


Top Executive: Rohit Ghai, President

Headquarters: Bedford, Mass.

RSA offers strong authentication for mobile users via its SecurID Access two-factor push authentication solution. Mobile authentication options include mobile push notification, one-time password, biometrics, SMS, soft tokens and voice callback. RSA's mobile authenticators support both software-as-a-service applications and on-premises systems.


Top Executive: Kris Hagerman, CEO

Headquarters: United Kingdom

Sophos' unified endpoint management solution, Sophos Mobile, includes capabilities such as configuration and policy control for devices (across Windows 10, macOS, iOS, and Android); inventory and asset management for devices; app security and control (including whitelisting and blacklisting of apps); mobile content management; and a variety of other security features (including protection against malware, ransomware, phishing and web attacks). Sophos Mobile integrates with other Sophos products such as endpoint security, and recently launched an integration with the Microsoft Intune enterprise mobility management solution.


Top Executive: Carl Rodrigues, CEO

Headquarters: Mississauga, Ontario

SOTI's mobility management solution, MobiControl, covers both traditional mobile devices as well as IoT endpoints. MobiControl enables organizations to rapidly enroll and provision devices; securely manage content; manage Linux-based mobile devices and intelligent IoT endpoints; and easily deploy and manage apps for multi-OS environments.


Top Executive: Greg Clark, CEO

Headquarters: Mountain View, Calif.

Symantec bolstered its Endpoint Protection Mobile solution with the acquisition of mobile threat defense specialist Appthority in November. Symantec has built Appthority's technology--for securing businesses against threats across mobile devices, apps and networks--into the Endpoint Protection Mobile offering, in order to extend Symantec's capabilities around limiting unwanted app behaviors and assessing vulnerabilities.

Trend Micro

Top Executive: Eva Chen, CEO

Headquarters: Japan

Trend Micro Mobile Security comprises mobile device management, mobile application management and mobile application reputation services. Key capabilities include antivirus, data encryption enforcement, password enforcement, remote lock and wipe and selective wipe.


Top Executive: Arjen Berendsen, SVP and Managing Director, j2 Cloud Security

Headquarters: Clearwater, Fla.

VIPRE's portfolio of business security solutions includes easy-to-manage endpoint protection, with features such as protection against mobile malware and ransomware attacks. VIPRE's Endpoint Security offering provides simplified administration and enhanced security visibility, ultimately resulting in more-efficient operations around protection of endpoints.


Top Executive: Pat Gelsinger, CEO

Headquarters: Palo Alto, Calif.

VMware Workspace ONE enables the secure delivery and management of mobile apps and devices, leveraging VMware's AirWatch technology. Workspace ONE brings together access control and application management with multi-platform endpoint management. VMware makes the solution available as a cloud service or in an on-premises deployment—and Dell Technologies in April tapped Workspace ONE as the "backbone" of a new integrated solution for end-user computing, the Dell Technologies Unified Workspace.


Top Executive: Eldar Tuvey, CEO

Headquarters: San Francisco and United Kingdom

Wandera's mobile security solutions include mobile threat protection (covering device vulnerabilities, malicious/risky apps and detection of man-in-the-middle attacks) as well as real-time prevention of network attacks (to stop threats from even reaching the endpoint). IBM Security recently announced it will offer Wandera's mobile security to customers as an integrated solution.


Top Executive: Prakash Panjwani, CEO

Headquarters: Seattle

Network security specialist WatchGuard offers mobile security capabilities that enable monitoring of mobile devices that are connected to a network, including discovery of unauthorized devices on the network. WatchGuard's AuthPoint solution, meanwhile, provides multi-factor authentication by generating a push notification to a user’s smartphone for external login attempts.


Top Executive: Shridhar Mittal, CEO

Headquarters: Dallas

Mobile threat defense vendor Zimperium provides security against threats to devices and networks using the company's z9 engine, which is powered by machine learning. Zimperium's solutions provide protection of mobile data, apps and sessions--against threats such as device compromises, malicious apps, network attacks and phishing attempts.


Top Executive: Jay Chaudhry, CEO

Headquarters: San Jose, Calif.

With the Zscaler App, the company says it can effectively enforce secure mobile access to enterprise applications. The solution forwards user traffic to the Zscaler cloud and ensures that security and access policies are enforced. Upon determining what the user is looking to access, the company routes mobile traffic through the appropriate Zscaler security service.