Cavalancia said SpectorSoft has had a stand-alone consumer edition of its software since 2010 for BlackBerry that was popular and became used by companies as well that SpectorSoft decided to develop an enterprise version to be integrated into its Spector 360 enterprise package.
There's also been a consumer version for Google Android since 2011 but SpectorSoft does not yet have any for the enterprise for central management of Android devices but is considering that for the future. Cavalancia said the Apple iOS platform technically doesn't appear suited for the SpectorSoft approach.
The advent of the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend in enterprises is complicating things a lot in terms of monitoring, Cavalancia acknowledged. Some customers adopting BYOD policies are asking employees to sign acceptable-use policies related to personally owned mobile devices used for work to allow monitoring and the ability of the company to wipe it if need be.
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