SonicWall Introduces Mobile Connect for Android Tablets, Smartphones
The app provides users of Android-based smartphones and tablets with access to corporate resources over encrypted SSL VPN connections.Network security and data protection solutions specialist SonicWall, launched its Mobile Connect client app for Google Android smartphones and tablets. The app is available as a free download via the Android Market and provides users of Android-based smartphones and tablets with network-level access to corporate, academic and government resources over encrypted Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) VPN connections. With the app installed, mobile users can access these resources across SonicWall appliances, including the companys Aventail E-Class Secure Remote Access (SRA) platform, SRA for small and midsize business (SMB) and the companys Next-Generation Firewalls product line. When deployed with or alongside a Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW), the Mobile Connect app creates a Clean VPN to decrypt traffic while the NGFW decontaminates threats, viruses and malware from smartphones or tablets over SSL VPN before they can enter the network. The Clean VPN platform is designed to deliver dual protection to secure VPN access and traffic by combining SSL VPN and next-generation firewalls. Additionally, network administrators can use the companys Application Intelligence and Control functionality to identify which apps should receive critical bandwidth. The company said this helps assure performance for business, education and government applications, while throttling down other bandwidth-intensive applications not deemed important.
The Next-Generation Firewall also scans traffic to ensure Android devices adhere to organizational security, application control and content-filtering policies. With this capability, Android users can access enterprise-class security and control outside the network using Mobile Connect and inside the corporate network via the companys Clean Wireless platform.