Sophos updates mobile device management platform

By Sophie Curtis, CSO |  Security, BYOD, consumerization of IT

IT security firm Sophos has announced a new version of its mobile device management solution, offering protection for Apple, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry devices.

Sophos Mobile Control 2.0 allows all of these devices to be monitored and controlled from a single web-based console. IT administrators can execute consistent policies across the board, such as blocking unencrypted devices or blacklisting specific applications.

The new 'compliance enforcement' feature also allows administrators to identify any non-compliant devices and automatically disable access to corporate data. For devices that are lost or stolen, remote device locking and wiping capabilities are also available. Any policy violations are flagged up on the administrator's dashboard, together with recommended actions.

Mobile Control 2.0 also offers access to Sophos' Enterprise App Store, which enables administrators to deploy company-specific apps that are not published in the Apple App Store or the Google Market. Existing apps can be specially configured or recommend for download by administrators.

"We understand that businesses are increasingly mobile and their workforce is adding an extra layer of complexity," said Matthias Pankert, vice president of Product Management, Mobile Data Protection, Sophos. "With the enhancements within Sophos Mobile Control, we are aiming to streamline and simplify device and data protection, while giving employees the flexibility they want, and IT departments the protection they need."

Sophos has stolen a march on BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM), whose mobile management platform Mobile Fusion is in limited beta testing and due to ship in late March 2012. Fusion is a software platform for managing Android and iOS phones and tablets, as well as BlackBerry smartphones and RIM's PlayBook tablet. It can handle security, policy definition and enforcement, app management and other tasks required to oversee mobile devices in an enterprise.

Meanwhile, a study by Gartner published in July identified Zenprise, Mobile Active Defense and MobileIron as among the best mobile device management platforms, scoring highest overall in various use cases. Good Technology was found to be the best single email-centric solution for secure enterprise mobile email.

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