Case Study: Why Aetna Chose Skycure as Its Mobile Threat Defense Solution





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Published on Nov 4, 2016

Aetna, a member of Fortune 100 and one of the largest healthcare providers in the world, chose Skycure to defend against mobile cyber attacks. Skycure performed 28 million network tests and analyzed 3.4 million apps to detect and automatically mitigate more than 650 threats.

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Director, Mobile Security, Aetna

Aetna is one of the largest healthcare providers in the country. We currently have 46.5 million members both domestically and internationally. Five years ago, communication and collaboration and productivity were all about laptops and desktops. Today we still need to communicate, we still need to be productive, we still need to collaborate but the focus is on mobile devices. The threats and the risks that exist in the mobile ecosystem are much different from what we see across traditional computing platforms. At Aetna, we have executives that travel many days of the year connecting to dozens of Wi-Fi networks everyday. We also have users that our home based who also connect to many networks over the course of a given day just in their normal everyday life. The problem posed to organizations like Aetna is how do we always provide security for enterprise data while traversing these networks over which we have no control.

In addition to network threats we have to be cognizant of vulnerabilities existing within an operating systems, vulnerabilities within existing applications as well as malware existing on these devices, sourced from third party applications stores or even perhaps first party application stores.
When we began our search for a mobile security solution we were not only looking for a tool that would complement our existing EMM toolset we were looking for a resource that would allow us to appropriately manage risk on a wide population of devices stemming from malware, unknown networks, and security vulnerabilities.
The reason why we chose Skycure is that it is an effective holistic security platform. One of the unique features of Skycure is multi-layered analysis. Some analysis is conducted at a device level while enhanced analysis is conducted at the cloud level with the integration of crowd-sourced security intelligence to aid into those decisions. Additionally their research capabilities uniquely position Aetna to guard ourselves and protect ourselves against a wide variety of mobile threats both known and unknown.

By combining Skycure with an EMM solution such as VMWare we not only get a fortress to protect our data but we also get a set of active guards that help protect against a wide variety of mobile threats.

From an Aetna perspective the deployment process really could not have been easier. Not only were we up and running in minutes but the enrollment process for our users is incredibly simple. Skycure paid dividends immediately. The active protection capabilities have assessed nearly 28 million networks. Of those 28 million networks, 250 of those have been identified to be so risky that Skycure took action to automatically protect that data traversing those networks to assure that there are no impacts to Aetna enterprise data. Skycure application defense capabilities have assessed over 3.4 million applications installed on Aetna mobile devices. Of those 3.4 million applications, over 400 were identified to contain high-risk malware and were successfully mitigated by the platform. We have received great feedback from our users since deploying Skycure. Some have called it as easy as installing a game. Additionally, they love the fact that Skycure does not adversely impact their battery life. For instance on my own personal device, in the last week, Skycure has used less than 1% of my total battery power. On the other end of the spectrum our users love the fact that while Skycure protects their data, it has no impact on their privacy. Skycure empowers Aetna to meet our enterprise goals in many ways. It allows us to appropriately protect sensitive information on mobile devices in accordance with HIPPA, HITECH and other compliance regulations. It also allows us to empower our users who are on the go to access enterprise data from mobile devices efficiently and securely. And finally unlike other solutions, Skycure couples effective detection with highly effective protection, which provided a holistic approach to mobile device security.


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