Protection can be tailored for personally-owned and company-owned devices, with features including mobile-device management.
Cloud-based security specialist Trend Micro
announced the release of Trend Micro Mobile Security (TMMS) 8.0, designed to
bolster enforcement of existing password and encryption policies for businesses
deploying bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives, as well as provide more
granular remote-wipe capabilities. The platform also includes a mobile-application
management system that allows IT to automatically push corporate apps to Apple
iOS, Research In Motion BlackBerry and Google Android devices.
TMMS 8.0 provides mobile devices with protection from Web-based threats and
malware and functionalities such as selective wipe and encryption tools to help
keep sensitive corporate information secure, and is available as a plug-in for
the companys OfficeScan solution, integrating directly into a businesss existing
IT management infrastructure.
"As personal mobile devices make their
way into office environments, enterprises are seeing a much greater need to
secure and manage these devices," Steve Quane of Trend Micro said in a
press statement. "The rapid rise of malware threats targeting mobile
platforms and the sheer number of devices being brought into offices only
increases the danger. TMMS 8.0 is focused on allowing IT Administrators to
simplify the management of their office environments, take advantage of the
BYOD phenomenon and keep workforces productive and flexible."
Protection can be tailored for
personally-owned and company-owned devices, with features including mobile-device
management (MDM), which covers device enrollment and provisioning, as well as
policy enforcement and inventory detail, mobile-device protection, which
provides remote lock, remote wipe and password protection for devices that are
lost or stolen.
The platform also includes mobile-application
management (MAM) features, which are designed to help organizations control
which apps are installed on certain devices, as well as provides businesses
with the ability to push key apps to all devices. "BYOD creates new
challenges for IT as personal mobile tools become important parts of corporate
networks and applications," Steve Quane, chief product officer at Trend
Micro, said in prepared remarks. "TMMS 8.0 gives customers the confidence
they need to face these challenges."
As BYOD initiatives grow in popularity,
business need to ensure they have the appropriate security infrastructure in
place to guard against threats, according to a recent IDC Financial Insights
report that examined ways IT security can be improved through MDM and MAM
technologies. As these initiatives gain steam, IDC said MDM tools, such as
robust security applications to remotely secure, monitor, encrypt and manage
data, and MAM tools to ensure applications on and off the company network, are
secure will be of major importance.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.