| Executives April 30, 2020
April 30, 2020
By Bob Stevens
Lookout recently announced an important achievement–Lookout Mobile Endpoint Security has met the rigid requirements for the FedRAMP Joint Advisory Board (JAB) Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO).
This certification comes not a moment too soon. Mobile devices are central to government productivity, from FEMA workers on disaster sites to State Department staff around the world to the many federal employees currently working from home. But, according to the Verizon Mobile Security Index 2020 report, 39% of public sector organizations had suffered a compromise involving a mobile device.
The journey to a mobile-first government workplace is underway with efforts such as NIST's Mobile Device Security for Enterprises and The Presidential Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity encouraging government entities to implement secure mobile technology.
While mobile security is beginning to become a greater part of the conversation, many users are still unaware of all of the risks their mobile devices can pose. Even those who are aware too often are willing to sacrifice security for efficiency. In response to a Lookout survey, 58% of federal employees reported being aware of the security consequences of using their personal mobile phones for work, yet 85% of them admitted to using their phone for potentially risky activities. It’s clear that federal IT leaders need modern mobile solutions to protect their agencies.
Lookout Mobile Endpoint Security enables agencies to gain visibility into the entire spectrum of mobile risk, apply policies to measurably reduce that risk, and integrate into existing security and mobile management solutions.
Lookout is now the only mobile endpoint security solution to earn FedRAMP JAB P-ATO, one of the most comprehensive risk assessments of a cloud service offering (CSO). This rigorous authorization holds companies to the highest standard when it comes to the acceptance of risk, and validates the solutions against those controls.
Achieving FedRAMP JAB P-ATO was important to us for two primary reasons. First, we wanted to make using Lookout Mobile Endpoint Security seamless for government agencies. With FedRAMP JAB P-ATO, it becomes much easier for agencies to evaluate the cloud provider and move forward quickly with adopting a solution.
Secondly, we wanted to ensure we have the most secure cloud infrastructure possible for our federal government customers. FedRAMP JAB P-ATO holds companies to a high standard when it comes to the acceptance of risk, ensuring our infrastructure is secure enough for the critical missions our government customers serve.
The JAB, which includes representatives from the Department of Defense (DoD), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the General Services Administration (GSA) evaluates only 12 CSOs per year and selects the most impactful vendors based on government-wide demand.
One of our core values at Lookout is to put customers first. FedRAMP JAB P-ATO will help us better serve federal agency customers in their fight against mobile security threats. Learn more about Lookout Government Solutions and contact us to continue the conversation.
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