Panda Security Adds MDM Features to Cloud Systems Management

The MDM tool allows IT admins to centrally manage Windows and Mac OS X notebooks as well as Google Android and Apple iOS tablets and smartphones.

Cloud security specialist Panda Security announced the addition of mobile device management (MDM) features to its Panda Cloud Systems Management (PCSM) platform.

The PCSM platform is the company’s remote management and monitoring solution designed to help IT departments and service providers manage, monitor and support all types of devices on their computer networks.

The MDM tool allows administrators to centrally manage all of their Windows and Mac OS X notebooks as well as Google Android and Apple iOS tablets and smartphones, whether they are in the office or on the road.

Concerning security and control, IT admins will be able to enforce password policies, lock devices remotely and perform a remote factory reset of the device, erasing all personal and confidential information stored on it in case of loss or theft.

The platform also boasts the ability to generate consolidated reports showing the status of all devices on the network, including smartphones. With PCSM, IT departments will know which computers are online/offline and their location. Admins will also have complete visibility into the hardware and software installed on their devices, system information and system changes.

"Thanks to PCSM’s new MDM feature, IT departments and service providers can now manage all mobile devices--laptops, tablets and smartphones--whether in the office or on the road, centrally from a single Web console accessible anytime, anywhere," Manuel Santmaria, product manager director at Panda, said in a statement. "In short, with this new functionality, IT administrators will be able to generate consolidated reports of all devices on their network, including smartphones, easily and quickly."

Settings also allows users to lock mobile devices remotely or return them to their factory settings, preventing access to internal documentation, emails, phonebook contacts and any other type of confidential information.

All the new features add to those already present in previous versions, including the ability to perform network audits, manage files, monitor systems, provide remote support and generate reports.

Panda joins mobile security specialist Marble, which last month 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.

Despite a shift toward greater support for bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs, only 37 percent of small and midsize businesses (SMBs) are managing or plan to manage mobile devices using a mobile device management (MDM) offering, according to a recent survey of 991 SMB IT professionals conducted by Spiceworks and sponsored by mobility management solutions specialist Fiberlink.