Marble Security MDM Platform Aims at BYOD Businesses

The platform lets users set up and manage an app store or catalog for employees and contractors and pull the apps from the device if required.

Mobile security specialist Marble announced the addition of a mobile application management (MAM) to its cloud service platform with features such as application scanning, secure browsing and real-time analytics.

The platform lets users set up and manage an app store or catalog for employees and contractors, push apps to mobile devices, check that versions are up to date and pull the apps from the device if required.

In addition, the platform includes mobile security management capabilities, such as its secure virtual private network (VPN), browser and its app scanning for all of the apps on the mobile device, not just those coming from the corporate app store.

Other features include mobile app scanning and device security for Android and iOS devices, which actively protects against malware and phishing, enforces security policies and creates a real-time risk score to control network access.

Marble Control lets administrators, through the cloud, set and enforce risk-based policies, control mobile security through dashboards and run risk analytics and compliance reports.

The release comes as companies of all sizes are dealing with the security issues surrounding bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives and are increasingly investing in mobile device management (MDM) platforms from a variety of vendors.

"If you look at where the industry stands in mobile and BYOD security, there is a stack of necessary functionality with mobile security management at the top supported by MAM and MDM underneath," Marble Security founder and chief technology officer David Jevans said in a statement. "Marble is filling out our comprehensive mobile security platform. Now we have mobile app management as well as essential mobile device management in our core capabilities."

Marble’s secure browser provides an isolated, secure, controlled browsing environment on mobile devices, while the network feature provides a secure, hosted VPN that isolates users from network attacks such as man-in-the-middle, re-directs, poisoned DNS, phishing and wireless eavesdropping.

Finally, Essential MDM is designed for organizations that have not yet deployed MDM or are looking to replace their existing MDM solution with an all-in-one solution.

"Unlike MAM and MDM, Marble puts security first and addresses BYOD and mobile threats in ways MDM and MAM never did and cannot touch," Jevans continued. "That uppermost category, what we are calling mobile security management, is the most critical. That message resonates with IT teams that are increasingly aware that MAM and MDM alone do not solve the mobile security problem."

Ninety percent of U.S. employees used their personal smartphones for work within the past year, yet only 46 percent believe their employers are prepared for any issues that could arise from BYOD, according to a recent study in which a network of Cisco partners polled 1,000 consumers.