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"We've found that the product is quite stable.""The use and management of our portal is easy.""Internal applications, data, and folders are published on enrolled mobile devices in a secure way without publishing any of the resources over the internet.""We have applied MFA so that no one can bypass this security and the users/employees can access their resources very easily, securely, and seamlessly.""Harmony Mobile presents many innovative features.""The best thing about the product is that it is transparent and does not impact the users.""The easy navigation of the admin portal is a welcome change to how some other admin portals are not very user-friendly.""Network protection, OS protection, application protection, and file protection are valuable. It is also easy to implement and manage."

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"One valuable feature is the ability to provide a secure environment. Another is the kiosk mode where MaaS360 can be used over a tablet or mobile device to ensure that a single application is used.""The solution is quite stable.""MaaS can force people to lock their phones. Not everyone likes having a PIN and other security features on their phones, but this sets a requirement that you can't get your emails unless you have a PIN on your phone. That was a good feature, and we were able to easily increase the PIN from four digits to six digits. Overall, it was pretty user-friendly.""The most valuable features are mobile device management and security (which allows you to quarantine infected devices).""Maas360 uses distribution groups to deploy apps, which makes it a bit easier than, for example, Intune.""Remote enablement feature and access to internal resources on the VPN.""My customers value the ability to control all their devices from a central point in IBM MaaS360.""The most valuable feature is that it's comprehensive - it covers mobile devices and laptops in one package."

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"The deployment in the Android system is very simple but in the case of iOS, it is more complicated so the users require attention from our CAU.""It could expand the functionalities to, in addition to security functionality, incorporate Mobile Device Management (MDM) functionalities such as remote device management, administration of installed applications, etc.""Harmony has more support for Android OS as opposed to iOS. You need a third-party MDM solution to integrate with iOS. If you don't have an MDM, your app can't scan on an iOS device. The solution can scan everything on Android. It sees all your apps.""Some configuration options inside the management console are a little confusing because the interface is not always user-friendly.""The admin portal is slightly clunky and sometimes shows a different status than what the device is actually doing.""The only language that is available is English.""Maybe the support issue could improve over time.""I would like to see management and remote administration functions in the same portal."

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"We had a problem with Microsoft computers. If you downloaded emails on a Microsoft Windows Surface PC, that would also require a license. The Outlook application didn't look great for us on a PC.""IBM MaaS360 can improve the information provided for DLP control. Some of our customers would benefit from this.""When we have MaaS360 installed on smartphones, it consumes the battery of the device at a much faster pace. This is one of the areas of improvement that I would like to highlight. We have also observed that in the contact list, a lot of duplication is happening. A single contact is duplicated three or four times, which also consumes more memory resources. If they can work on improving it for these aspects, it will have a more positive impact not only on the way the application is being consumed by the user but also on user satisfaction. A lot of new features are being deployed or rolled out by companies that are competitors of IBM MaaS360. IBM will have to ensure that all those features are on board so that we have a complete suite of features in the platform, rather than deploying multiple diverse solutions to cater to the requirements of our customers.""The price could be lower.""The user interface could definitely use some improvement.""The user experience really isn't so good.""The interface is clunky and the layout is a bit outdated. Also, I don't think MaaS360 has as many features as Intune. It doesn't integrate with Office as seamlessly as Intune does, which isn't surprising, given that Intune and Office are Microsoft products.""IBM MaaS360 can improve the location reporter. There is a 15-minute delay and this does not allow for any usefulness."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The cost is huge compared to other products, and it seems this solution is only for companies with a large budget."
  • "This is a very expensive product."
  • "The quality, price, and support ratio are very good."
  • "Regarding the cost of licenses, each device consumes one, even if it has both professional and personal profiles."
  • "Check Point provides a separate license in cases where organizations want to use this only on mobile devices, or laptops/desktops."
  • "At the moment, the price is good, but there is always scope for amelioration when it comes to pricing. When pricing is lower, it can make a customer buy the product. Customers ask us about the price of the product before allowing us to explain the functionality to them."
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  • "Price is something for which we are always under pressure. If we have to look at the MaaS deployment, the price definitely has to come down. This is clearly one of the areas that we will have to work on, not only as a provider to our customers but also as a consumer of this service."
  • "I feel the pricing to be very high."
  • "MaaS360 is priced at a balance. It is not as expensive as AirWatch or Jamf and is not a cheap solution like a few of the local products."
  • "The licensing structure is broken down into levels, each with different functionalities available. Depending on your license, there may be additional fees for extra features."
  • "There are other solutions cheaper than IBM MaaS360, such as Microsoft Intune."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The environment is managed and administered centrally in Check Point Infinity which provides a lot of stability with its other features.
    Top Answer:It is important to have a Check Point provider or partner to help us with the costs since they are not public.
    Top Answer:The improvement point may be the costs. They could be lower. In addition to that, they could also improve the Check Point Infinity Portal. It sometimes responds slowly. The service provided by Check… more »
    Top Answer:Our organization researched both Microsoft Intune and IBM MaaS360 when considering the type of endpoint security tool that we wanted. Ultimately we decided to choose IBM MaaS360 to secure and manage… more »
    Top Answer:Maas360 uses distribution groups to deploy apps, which makes it a bit easier than, for example, Intune.
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    Also Known As
    Check Point Mobile Access, Check Point SandBlast Mobile
    Fiberlink MaaS360, MaaS360
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    Overview

    Check Point Harmony Mobile is a unified security solution for user devices and access. It is a complete threat defense solution for mobile devices that prevents cyberattacks and enforces security for remote workers and users. It prevents threats on apps, networks, and OS while enhancing the user experience and preventing the disruption of device performance. 

    Check Point Harmony Mobile Benefits

    Some benefits of Harmony Mobile include: 

    • Advanced app analysis that detects known and unknown threats
    • Mitigates threats regardless of the mobile management platform or what the user is doing
    • Prevents infected devices to send data to botnets
    • Blocks phishing attacks on social media, email, and messaging

    Harmony Mobile integrates with UEM systems to assess the device’s level of risk. The UEM quarantines and activates security policies, such as blocking access to corporate assets. 

    Check Point Harmony Mobile Key Features

    Harmony Mobile's key features include: 

    • App protection: The platform detects and blocks the download of malicious applications in real-time. It runs the application in a cloud-based environment and tests it by leveraging techniques such as sandboxing, advanced static analysis, anomaly detection, and other techniques. By doing so, it prevents malware from infiltrating employees’ mobile devices. 
    • Network protection: The platform’s unique infrastructure extends Check Point security capabilities to mobile devices. It includes features such as anti-phishing, safe browsing, conditional access, anti bot, and URL filtering. 
    • Simple and easy to use management: Check Point Harmony Mobile integrates with almost all mobile management solutions (MDM/UEM), and supports BYOD programs and remote work settings. It delivers scalability and efficiency with zero-touch deployment. The system works for all Android deployment models. The management console is cloud-based, delivering visibility over the risk posture and enabling admins to roll granular policies. 
    • User friendly: The platform is easy to adopt, with no disruption of the user experience or the device's usability. The system delivers detailed threat notifications in real time as well as weekly reports. The platform doesn’t impact battery life or data consumption. Additionally, it keeps the user and corporate data private without collecting or analyzing personal information. Finally, the platform anonymizes the context metadata from apps and networks it uses for analysis.  

    Check Point Harmony Mobile Components 

    • Behavioral risk engine: The engine uses data received from the app about the network, configuration, and OS data integrity, detects and analyzes suspicious activity, and produces a risk score.
       
    • Mobile gateway: A multi-tenant architecture and mobile devices are registered. The gateway manages the solution communications with connected mobile devices and with the dashboard.
       
    • Management dashboard: The dashboard enables administration, provisioning, and monitoring of devices and policies. It integrates with Unified Endpoint Management.

    • Mobile Protect app: This lightweight app for iOS and Android collects data and analyzes threats to devices. It monitors the operating systems, applications, and network behavior and collects data to detect malicious behavior.

    • ThreatCloud: A database with real-time threat intelligence on indicators of compromise from hundreds of thousands of Check Point gateways and millions of endpoints worldwide.  

    Check Point Harmony Mobile Capabilities

    • Prevents malicious app downloads
    • Prevents phishing on applications
    • Prevents man-in-the-middle attacks
    • Stops infected devices from accessing corporate applications
    • Detects OS exploits

    Reviews from Real Users

    "The easy navigation of the admin portal is a welcome change to how some other admin portals are not very user-friendly," says G.S., a Manager of Infrastructure Services at an energy/utilities company.

    Kadeem C., an IT Security Analyst at an energy/utilities company, says, "I really like the application scanning portion where it scans your current applications and any new applications that you add to the device to let you know if it is malicious."

    Oleg P., Senior Network/Security Engineer at Skywind Group, says, "The most impressive thing is the SSL VPN Portal."

    Hans V., an Engineer at Caldoo, adds that “We've found that the product is quite stable."

    IBM MaaS360 is an EMM solution that allows you to configure devices for enterprise access and protect corporate data on smartphones and tablets – all from a single screen. As a robust integrated cloud platform, MaaS360 simplifies mobile device management (MDM) with visibility, rapid deployment, and control that spans across apps, mobile devices, and data. It also secures apps, laptops, smartphones, tablets, wearables, desktops, the Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and data so you can rapidly scale your remote workforce and bring your own device (BYOD) initiatives.

    IBM MaaS360 can help you build a zero-trust strategy with modern device management. Deployment is so fast that in just a few clicks, IT admins can start enrolling devices and quickly manage the entire mobile device lifecycle. They can do everything from enrollment to enterprise integration, support, configuration and management, monitoring and security, analytics, and reporting.

    IBM MaaS360 Features

    IBM MaaS360 has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Workforce management: Manage and secure any remote workforce in minutes with rapid deployment.
    • Information security: Support a safer way to access, create, sync, and edit all business documents on mobile devices.
    • Manage security risks: Provide users with seamless data access while remotely managing threats.
    • Secure access: Grant secure access to company resources from any mobile device, without a VPN.
    • Identity management and security: Integrate seamless identity and access management with United Endpoint Management.

    IBM MaaS360 Benefits

    There are many benefits to implementing IBM MaaS360. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Provision, manage, and protect your devices from a single console.
    • Configure email, contacts, calendar, Wi-Fi, and VPN profiles over-the-air to quickly onboard users.
    • Experience launch day support for the latest mobile operating system releases for iOS, Android, and Windows.
    • Set and enforce security policies with automated compliance actions like requiring a device passcode and blocking a compromised device.
    • Use robust dashboards and reporting to manage both personal and corporate devices.
    • Increases security and compliance enforcement.
    • Easily integrates with your existing infrastructure.
    • Reduces cost of supporting mobile assets.
    • Enhances application and performance management.
    • Contains powerful management and security to address the entire mobility lifecycle.
    • Helps ensure better business continuity.
    • Increases productivity and employee satisfaction.
    • Simple and fast, with an exceptional customer experience.

    Reviews from Real Users

    MaaS360 stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Some of these include its mobile device and laptop management, robust security, and complete sync with Active Directory. PeerSpot users take note of the advantages of these features in their reviews:

    Claudia G., a Cybersecurity Consultant at Telefónica, mentions, “My customers value the ability to control all their devices from a central point in IBM MaaS360. I rate IBM MaaS360 a nine out of ten.”

    Okoro A.., a CEO at a ITANDT Solutions Limited notes, “The most valuable features are mobile device management and security (which allows you to quarantine infected devices).”

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    Sample Customers
    Samsung Research America, Mississippi Office of the Secretary of State
    Bancroft, Garuda Indonesia
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm24%
    Comms Service Provider24%
    Energy/Utilities Company12%
    Computer Software Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Government6%
    REVIEWERS
    Comms Service Provider39%
    Healthcare Company11%
    Legal Firm6%
    Engineering Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government12%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Construction Company7%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise46%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise51%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise28%
    Large Enterprise34%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise50%

    Check Point Harmony Mobile is ranked 1st in Mobile Threat Defense with 18 reviews while IBM MaaS360 is ranked 6th in Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) with 13 reviews. Check Point Harmony Mobile is rated 9.0, while IBM MaaS360 is rated 7.4. The top reviewer of Check Point Harmony Mobile writes "Secures and segments corporate and personal data, offers remote secure-wipe capabilities, but the reporting is complicated". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM MaaS360 writes "Provides access to local resources without a VPN, scales well, and it's easy to use". Check Point Harmony Mobile is most compared with Check Point Remote Access VPN, VMware Workspace ONE, Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks, Zimperium and Symantec Endpoint Protection Mobile, whereas IBM MaaS360 is most compared with Microsoft Intune, VMware Workspace ONE, Jamf Pro, SOTI MobiControl and 42Gears SureMDM.

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