Symantec Offers Security, Management Solutions for Mobile Devices
Symantec announced its mobile security and management strategy, including three products to help organizations secure and manage data on the rising number of mobile devices in the enterprise. The company said its mobile strategy would focus on the effective integration of its mobile security and management solutions to help customers reduce downtime, increase user productivity, improve response time and provide protection and management throughout the mobile device lifecycle-from provisioning and management to security and eventual device retirement.
Symantec's mobile management and security strategy follows a
lifecycle model, offering three products to help customers mitigate risk,
manage complexity, control costs, automate processes and address compliance
concerns. Symantec Endpoint Protection Mobile Edition 6.0 provides protection
for mobile devices against threats and unauthorized access to corporate
information by utilizing antivirus technology, a firewall, and SMS anti-spam
Symantec Network Access Control Mobile Edition 6.0 works
with Symantec Endpoint Protection Mobile Edition to enforce compliancy with
security policies to ensure that only secure, policy-compliant devices can
access the network and email on Microsoft Exchange. Symantec Network Access
Control Mobile Edition provides client-based integrity checking and centralized
alerting of device integrity status. Assessment of host integrity status for
mobile devices helps organizations ensure they are able to consistently enforce
IT policy. The solution also offers centralized logging, reporting, and
alerting, which help enable organizations to monitor the status of managed
Lastly, Symantec said its Mobile Management 7.0 increases IT
efficiency with over-the-air deployment of applications and updates, improves
end user productivity by managing mobile device health, and integrates with
Symantec mobile security products to manage and secure mobile devices throughout
their lifecycle. Mobile Management also provides remote assistance
capabilities, real-time system management, granular software delivery and self-repair
and visibility into the mobile environment.
"As mobile devices become more sophisticated, provide
greater corporate access and store more data, organizations require greater
control and management to protect corporate information and ensure user productivity
- all while reducing costs," said Art Gilliland, vice president of Symantec's enterprise
security group. "Our mobile strategy is designed to protect and manage data
wherever it resides and automate procurement and provisioning, provide ongoing
maintenance and protection, and quickly retire the mobile devices if they are
lost, damaged, stolen or replaced."
Having a comprehensive mobile strategy in place will become
increasingly important as mobile devices continue to permeate the business
environment, said IDC mobile enterprise software research analyst Sean Ryan.
IDC research indicates that the number of worldwide converged mobile device
shipments will reach more than 167 million by the end of 2009 and forecasts
that it will increase to more than 291 million by 2013. As more mobile devices
access corporate networks, often through unprotected pathways, malware writers
and criminals will use this window to gain access to sensitive data, the
research firm predicts.
"Mobile devices and the growing number of people using them are becoming a bigger target for unauthorized and potentially harmful software, including worms, viruses, and spyware," said Ryan. "As the sheer number of mobile devices continues to increase and demands on IT continue to increase, the need for organizations to secure and manage these devices and the information on them is significantly elevated."