Vendors pile on mobility management

By , Network World |  Unified Communications, Mobile Device Management, Mobile Security

The vendor is also introducing Fixmo App Zone, an app store for the enterprise to manage, distribute and monitor the growing list of mobile apps, regardless of how employees obtain them.

The new suite, including Fixmo Sentinel 4.2, Fixmo Safezone 1.0 and App Zone 1.0, will be released in March. Pricing starts at under $10 per device for the basic mobile device management features, and rises to about $95 per device the full suite of MDM, integrity services and the SafeZone secure container, with volume discounts for large deployments.

Kindsight

Kindsight, Mountain View, Calif., is targeting its security platform to network operators, which can use the appliance-based software to monitor traffic on carrier networks for malware. The vendor says this is the first product that combines network-based malware detection with a client-side app that removes the problem.

Kindsight is a spinout from Alcatel-Lucent, which owns a majority stake in the startup. The company works with network operators to embed the Kindsight software into their core networks. The company also offers a range of tools and services that operators can rebrand to business and residential subscribers.

Kindsight's appliance, installed in the carrier network, monitors the subscriber's outbound traffic. "The malware is always communicating with a remote hacker or a command and control server. That's what we look for," says Kevin McNamee, Kindsight's security architect and director. Several carriers are piloting the product.

This week, Kindsight announced it was embracing mobile data traffic also. Executives say the combination of a client-side app, and the network-based monitoring and detection, is an optimal arrangement for mobile security, for almost any platform. Other MDM vendors will plant an agent or small app, but don't have a "network-side view" of the potential problems, according to Kindsight executives.

In a second announcement at MWC, Kindsight launched a mobile security service. Users download the relevant app (from iTunes or Android Marketplace), which then communicates with the Kindsight server in the carrier's network. The device-side app scans downloads for malware, sends a push-alert to your phone when one is found, confirms the malware and uninstalls it. Initially the new service is for Android mobile devices.

Carriers are likely to use the Kindsight service as their own, charging users a fee for the added security.

ManageEngine

ManageEngine announced its first mobile device management capabilities in a new release of its Desktop Central product.


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