NCP's Virtual Private Network for Android Makes BYOD More Secure
REVIEW: eWEEK tried out NCP's Secure Enterprise VPN Client for Android, a new entry in the space of VPN clients for mobile devices.Today, a growing number of companies are making use of virtualization and private clouds. But along with such technologies comes business employees' growing use of personal mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets to access corporate networks. As much as companies might want to try to keep the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend out of their offices and networks, the fact is that they are a reality and they are here to stay. If companies tell their employees not to use them, the employees probably will anyway. For example, if the company has a POP3 mail server, then the phones can be configured to access it. Employees will naturally access it with or without corporate permission. The solution, then, is not to forbid BYOD, but rather embrace it, and implement security measures to keep it safe and secure. One such security measure is virtual private networks, which have been used for years through VPN servers in the main IT center and VPN clients installed on PCs, laptops and notebooks. VPNs are especially important for employees who work from home or who travel a lot. A VPN client installed on a laptop helps traveling employees stay securely connected to the office network.
But what about the recent BYOD excitement? eWEEK tried out a new entry in the space of VPN clients for mobile devices—NCP Network Communications' Secure Enterprise VPN Client for Android.