Symantec Delivers New Technology to Drive Data Security and Broad Mobile App Adoption

By Tony Rizzo, Editor in Chief — February 27, 2012

Symantec Corp. has announced what it considers to be significant advances in core areas of its enterprise mobility strategy. These advances look to improve an enterprise's ability to secure mobile data and enable business productivity across both "corporate-managed" and "personally owned unmanaged" devices by providing cross-platform, multi-application protection across Android, iOS and Windows Phone 7 platforms. 
Key highlights include:
  • New Symantec Mobile Management for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM)
  • Enhanced native mobile device management for Android and Windows Phone 7
  • New Symantec Mobile Security for Android
  • New Symantec Data Loss Prevention for Tablets integration with Mobile Management
  • New Symantec Managed PKI Service integration with Mobile Management
  • Symantec O3 Cloud Identity and Access Control
Symantec's key goal is to enable larger enterprises to foster mobile productivity through focusing on new business models that rely on diverse mobile devices and innovative mobile applications. Symantec’s data and application security capabilities address enterprise concerns by applying corporate security policies uniformly to all mobile devices, endpoints and applications. Symantec’s modular enterprise mobility platform approach will allow these services to be delivered through both on-premise and SaaS models, as part of existing security and management solutions, to drive operational efficiencies and lower total-cost-of-ownership.
 
A recent State of Mobility Survey conducted by Symantec of its larger enterprise customers highlighted that 59 percent of enterprises now make line-of-business applications accessible from mobile devices - a dramatic shift in the nature of mobility from a fairly simple email extension to a core business enabler.

Symantec's key goal is to enable enterprise productivity. The new enhancements Symantec has announced for its platform deliver a comprehensive solution set for securing mobile devices, apps and data. They range across device management, threat protection and enterprise integration.
 
Device Management
 
For enterprises that need a solution to centrally secure and manage mobile devices and applications, Mobile Management includes security policy management and application management for Android, iOS and Windows Mobile 7 platforms. From a unified management perspective, Symantec is announcing Mobile Management for Microsoft SCCM will be generally available in March. 
 
This, in addition to existing integration with Altiris IT Management Suite from Symantec, will make Mobile Management available for two of the most widely deployed management platforms. The enhanced support gives enterprises the visibility and control required to confidently embrace the proliferation of mobile devices.
 
Threat Protection
 
According to Symantec’s State of Mobility Survey, 67 percent of enterprises are concerned with malware attacks spreading from mobile devices to internal networks. With multiple app stores and unchecked applications, Android is a frequent target for malware, raising the possibility of data theft and browser-based phishing attacks. 
 
In response, Symantec plans to bring its anti-malware technology and global intelligence network capabilities to the Android platform with Mobile Security for Android. With the release of Mobile Security for Android, Symantec will help prevent rogue applications from stealing corporate and personal data and will enable safe web browsing. This solution will be generally available in late summer 2012.
 
Enterprise Integration
 
According to the same survey, 65 percent of enterprises cited data loss as one of their top concerns for mobile adoption. Symantec addresses the problem with Data Loss Prevention for Tablets, which is now generally available initially for the iPad. 
 
The product monitors and controls the transmission of confidential data by applying Symantec's fingerprinting and advanced machine learning technologies. Combined with Symantec’s recent release of Mobile Management, Data Loss Prevention for Tablets provides a powerful closed-loop solution to enable organizations to support business productivity and personal use concurrently across corporate and personal email, web communications and native applications.
 
No enterprise data is secure without proper access and authentication policies in place. To enable strong user and device authentication to enterprise networks and applications, Mobile Management is integrated with the new Managed PKI Service v8.3, which includes certificate management enhancements for iOS devices. This simplified integration automates the steps involved in extending PKI systems to mobile devices for user identity and authorization, speeding the time to value with a user friendly, transparent process. 
 
With 31 percent of IT personnel currently dealing with mobile related initiatives, driving efficiency and lower total-cost-of-ownership is a key issue for all businesses. To deliver a broader array of choices for enterprises to manage their mobile deployments, Symantec will be making its enterprise mobility platform available. This console-agnostic platform will help Symantec extend its reach in the protection of mobile users by allowing enterprises, partners and telcos to quickly and efficiently integrate their offerings with a common web services and agent architecture.
 
In combination with Symantec O3 - the company’s cloud information protection platform – the Symantec enterprise mobility platform will enable secure usage of cloud apps from mobile devices. This combination provides layered information security and information management controls on the device and in the cloud to secure native applications as well as SaaS use-cases. With support for a wide variety of cloud apps and services and integration with wide variety of identity sources, Symantec enables innovative business models created in the confluence of cloud and mobile technologies.
 
The new suite of capabilities Symantec has introduced is appropriate for larger scale companies of 1,000 or more employees. Existing large Symantec customers should find integration and deployment to be a fairly easy task, and one that delivers a significant level of new security functionality. It's well worth investigating.

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