Symantec Releases Several Mobile Security and Mobile Enhancements

By Gerard Longo, Assistant Editor — July 17, 2012

California's Symantec Corp. has expanded its mobile portfolio, releasing updates on Tuesday that will better ensure the security of mobile email deployments, mobile application initiatives and the growing trend of Bring Your Own Device programs.

Perhaps the most notable of these upgrades is the fact that Symantec has released its mobile security platform for Android, amid the increase of the use of Android devices in the workplace and the increasing amount of mobile attacks on the Android operating system.

“As part of the next stage of their BYOD initiatives, companies worldwide are telling us that they’re looking to increase their adoption of Android devices. We are bringing together a comprehensive set of security and management solutions for this leading platform,” said Anil Chakravarthy, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Security Group at Symantec.

Another Android-related upgrade included the integration of all Symantec mobile device management products with the operating system's leading enterprise email client, NitroDesk Touchdown, which Symantec expects will provide more secure email management for those who choose to use its products. Additionally, Symantec PGP Viewer has been made compatible with Android, allowing users to read encrypted emails on their Android devices.

Symantec has provided upgrades for more than just Android devices, however. Overall, Symantec's new Mobile Management for Configuration Manager has fully integrated Odyssey Software to offer three MDM options - one that stands on its own, one that integrates with the company's Altiris IT Management Suite and the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager. This allows IT administrators the opportunity to use Symantec products for their management needs across a wide variety of platforms.

iOS users in the enterprise also have an update from Symantec to get their hands on with the Nukona App Center. With FIPS 140-2 certified encryption, iOS users can now secure apps and data on their devices, which Symantec speculates might make iOS devices seem more attractive to use in government and other, highly-regulated fields. Additionally, Nukona App Center supports apps created with third-party frameworks, allowing users to manage a wider variety of mobile applications.

Chakravarthy is confident that these new management solutions will help those in the enterprise reach new levels of efficiency in the mobile realm.

“With the recent additions to our portfolio of mobile device management and application and data management products, Symantec is providing a complete platform to enable CIOs to achieve their mobile vision," Chakravarthy said. "I am thrilled that so many of our customers worldwide are validating our strategy and portfolio.”

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