Sophos Mobile Control Platform Aims at BYOD Businesses
As bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs grow, Sophos' Mobile Control platform offers more granular device management.Data security specialist Sophos announced the launch of Mobile Control 2.5, the latest version of its mobile-device-management (MDM) platform, which features an updated Web-based administrative console and is aimed at businesses deploying bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs. Mobile Control is available as a subscription license or as part of the company's Complete Security Suite, which combines endpoint, data, email, Web, server and mobile protection in one license. The release offers integration with existing IT infrastructure by supporting the use of directories, such as Active Directory, to automatically assign newly registered devices to existing groups and apply the associated policies to them. The enhanced interface offers detailed graphical reports to assist IT administrators in managing all aspects of mobile devices, while ensuring security across all devices and information as to which devices require updating.
"BYOD is top of mind for myriad organizations; however, it's causing some concern among IT. The increase in personal devices accessing the network may complicate the process of ensuring devices are secure and compliant with company policies, making it difficult for IT to justify broad BYOD acceptance," Stacy Crook, senior analyst of mobile enterprise research with IT analytics firm IDC, said in prepared remarks. "Solutions with features like those found in the latest version of Sophos Mobile Control allow organizations to develop BYOD strategies without compromising on security, or complicating the overall management of the network."