Security Management

By Andrew Garcia  |  Posted 2008-09-15 Print this article Print


Security Management

There's a blurred distinction between the device and security management categories. Most MDM systems enable or implement some security functions such as device lock, remote wipe and certificate management, plus both on-device and VPN encryption.

However, there is also a wealth of mobile security functions that can only be implemented as part of a mobile security platform that includes its own management systems. Security suites that bring anti-virus, firewall or tamper protections to mobile devices have not made much of a dent in the market until now, and data leakage protection at the mobile device remains a far-off concept altogether. However, as these devices continue to gain importance to the enterprise user, and as the threat landscape for these devices continues to evolve, businesses will need to adopt and implement some or all of these security services to protect sensitive data and meet the demands of compliance regulations.

These security suites come with their own management platforms, generally the same ones enterprises use to manage their anti-virus and firewall suites for their laptops and desktops.

Essentially each vendor is relying on the device management systems mentioned both to deliver the security features to mobile devices in the field and to keep the policies and signature databases up-to-date. 

Andrew cut his teeth as a systems administrator at the University of California, learning the ins and outs of server migration, Windows desktop management, Unix and Novell administration. After a tour of duty as a team leader for PC Magazine's Labs, Andrew turned to system integration - providing network, server, and desktop consulting services for small businesses throughout the Bay Area. With eWEEK Labs since 2003, Andrew concentrates on wireless networking technologies while moonlighting with Microsoft Windows, mobile devices and management, and unified communications. He produces product reviews, technology analysis and opinion pieces for, eWEEK magazine, and the Labs' Release Notes blog. Follow Andrew on Twitter at andrewrgarcia, or reach him by email at

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