California-based Blue Coat Systems, Inc. has developed mobile application controls that will enable IT administrators to control any mobile devices on their respective corporate networks, a move which bridges the security gap brought on by the rising trend of BYOD policies in the workplace.
The Blue Coat application controls will help companies better prevent viruses and other unwanted system risks by extending the same operational controls that are provided to web applications to mobile applications within the network. This policy, when applied across all network devices, also protects companies against information leaks by giving companies the option to make social media websites like Twitter "read-only."
In the end, all-around system security should see a huge boost for any company that uses the Blue Coat application, says Steve Daheb, Chief Marketing Officer at Blue Coat Systems.
“The growth of BYOD initiatives has created a situation where IT security managers are facing a deluge of untrusted, unmanaged devices and applications on the corporate network,” Daheb said.. “Blue Coat mobile application controls give administrators the ability, for the first time, to not only determine which applications are allowed on the network but also to what extent mobile device users are able to interact with those applications.”
According to an official Blue Coat Systems press release, the new controls are integrated into other Blue Coat products like the Blue Coat ProxySG and the Blue Coat Cloud Service. In addition, the new mobile application controls will be continually updated through the Blue Coat WebPulse defense system.