Symantec Corp. has announced enterprise mobile enhancements to help organizations improve operational efficiencies and better meet the challenges of the "Bring Your Own Device" trend. Key highlights of Symantec's new capabilities to help CIOs, CISOs, IT managers and app developers secure mobile devices, applications and data include:
- Mobile Application Management
- Symantec Data Loss Prevention for Mobile
- Symantec Certificate Intelligence Center for Mobile
- Symantec Code Signing for Android
"The 'Bring Your Own Device' movement and unprecedented adoption of mobile devices and apps have organizations looking for help in effectively protecting and managing the native apps, data and environment of these devices," said Chirantan "CJ" Desai, senior vice president, Endpoint and Mobility Group, Symantec. "By providing essential mobile security and management capabilities, like app management and data loss prevention, we are helping organizations take full advantage of this technological shift. Offering customers the most comprehensive portfolio for securing and managing mobile devices, apps and data, provides them with the tools needed to leverage mobility to improve their business' IT operations."
Mobile Application Management
With the acquisition of Nukona, Symantec now offers CIOs the cross-platform mobile application management needed to help organizations containerize corporate applications and protect sensitive data. The app and data protection capabilities from Nukona are now available from Symantec in both SaaS and on-prem models. This innovative approach helps enterprises seamlessly distribute, secure and control applications and data without requiring them to manage the complete devices. With the ability to natively protect and control iOS, Android and HTML5 apps, Symantec addresses the core problem of corporate and personal data separation without limiting the end-user experience or application adoption.
Symantec Data Loss Prevention for Mobile
Formerly known as Symantec Data Loss Prevention (DLP) for Tablets, Symantec Data Loss Prevention for Mobile will include added support for the iPhone. The solution will help CISOs monitor and control the transmission of confidential data from mobile devices without restricting users' access to applications. Combined with the recent release of Symantec Mobile Management, Data Loss Prevention for Mobile will provide the industry's most comprehensive solution to enable organizations to support business productivity and personal use concurrently. By adding iPhone support to existing support for iPad, Symantec will provide comprehensive DLP for one of the most widely deployed enterprise mobile operating systems. Data Loss Prevention for Mobile is scheduled to be generally available in the second half of 2012.
Symantec Certificate Intelligence Center for Mobile
Symantec Certificate Intelligence Center (CIC) for Mobile, an extension of Symantec Certificate Intelligence Center, provides additional capabilities to solving the challenges of managing SSL certificates across large and complex networks. With CIC for Mobile, IT managers and stakeholders can easily monitor and manage their SSL certificate inventory anytime, anywhere. Detailed and real-time intelligence into SSL certificate usage on their network environment helps administrators maintain business continuity and strengthen network security. CIC for Mobile will be available on the iPad by the end of May 2012.
Symantec Code Signing for Android
Now available to both individual developers and larger organizations, Symantec Code Signing for Android provides a tool for developers to digitally sign their .APK files for the Android platform. In addition to signing applications for the popular mobile platform, this cloud-based service allows developers to securely manage their certificate keys and store their signed applications, all from a single intuitive cloud-based console. Symantec Code Signing for Android also has the first ever dedicated Android Root certificate from a security vendor.
"The growing use of mobile devices for personal and business use has increased the challenge for organizations and individuals to gain a comfortable level of control," said Stephen Drake, Program Vice President, IDC Mobility & Telecom. "As the number of mobile devices continues to rise 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."
In addition to the new mobile enhancements, Symantec announced it has joined the Microsoft System Center Alliance (SCA), a partner ecosystem that helps facilitate integrated solutions. As a part of SCA, Symantec will work with Microsoft to develop and promote its offerings, including Symantec Mobile Management, that support the full System Center product family.