With Wandera, Jamf grafted zero trust into its MDM

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Specializing in Apple mobile terminal fleet management solutions, Jamf has put $ 400 million on the table to take over Wandera. An opportunity to hook zero trust features to your MDM.

Wandera Threat Defense, Data Policy and Private Access solutions to join Jamf's portfolio of solutions to take it to the next level

A little less than a year after having acquired Digita Security, which specializes in protecting Mac endpoints against computer threats, Jamf is further increasing its security capabilities. The company thus announced a definitive agreement to acquire Wandera, which specializes in zero trust access management and security solutions for Apple mobile devices. The transaction consists of a cash buyback for $ 400 million, of which 350 will be paid when it closes in the third quarter of 2021.

This buyout should help IT and security teams protect devices, data and applications used by mobile workers, in particular using iPhones, iPads and Macs. “The combination of Wandera and Jamf will provide our customers with a single source platform that manages deployment, application lifecycle management, policies, filtering and security capabilities across all Apple devices while providing a untrusted network access to all mobile workers, ”Jamf CEO Dean Hager said in a statement.

Intel threat engine, contextual analysis and fight against shadow IT

Wandera offers three solutions for securing mobile devices, namely Threat Defense, Data Policy and Private Access, and 80% of the fleet of devices it secures run on iOS. The first allows to monitor vulnerabilities in order to avoid escalation of privileges and also to prevent phishing attacks via an intel threat engine. For its part, Data Policy determines the security and Internet usage rules and relies on a real-time, contextual analysis engine (by network interface, level of risk, location, etc.) and discovery of related unauthorized flows. at shadow IT. Finally, Private Access constitutes the zero trust base of Wandera’s portfolio by enabling and managing very strict, distributed network security rules applicable to the company’s BYOD practices.

Wandera has 240 employees, has offices in London, Brno (Czech Republic) and San Francisco, and generates nearly $ 25 million in annual revenues. With this acquisition, Jamf hopes to increase its market potential in the management and protection of mobile devices and data by $ 5 billion from a current estimated total of $ 12 billion.

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