Symantec launches new Android, iOS security solution

September 20, 2012 1:40 pm

Symantec recently announcedthe latest offering of its mobile portfolio updates to enable secure mobile email deployments, mobile application initiatives and “Bring Your Own Device” programs.
“With Symantec’s mobile portfolio updates, we are building on our success of facilitating mobility initiatives for enterprise customers. Symantec now offers the most comprehensive enterprise-grade platform with enhanced capabilities in device management, application management and threat protection,” said Luichi Robles, senior country manager, Symantec Philippines.
The updates include the following products and new capabilities:

“The number of mobile subscribers in the Philippines is growing and more people are using their personal devices for business. Enterprises of all sizes are looking for capabilities to manage the influx of mobile devices and deal with the evolving nature of mobile applications and data,” Robles said.
“With the recent additions to our portfolio of mobile device management and application/data management products, Symantec is providing a complete platform to enable CIOs to achieve their mobile vision,” Robles said.
“Symantec’s mission is to secure people and information through identity, protection and context, and our broad approach to mobile security and management is a key extension of protection for all of our customers. By providing mobile security and management for smart devices, we’re making it easier for enterprises to allow their employees to use their device of choice without putting corporate data at risk,” Robles said.
According to Symantec’s State of Mobility Survey, 67 percent of companies are concerned with malware attacks spreading from mobile devices to internal networks.
Symantec’s latest Internet Security Threat Report highlighted that mobile vulnerabilities increased by 93 percent in 2011 and that threats targeting the Android operating system are on the rise.
To protect corporate-connected Android devices from app and Internet borne threats, Symantec is offering its Mobile Security solution for Android. Mobile Security for Android leverages Symantec’s proprietary technology that monitors and analyzes millions of android apps available on appstores around the world.
Supported by Symantec’s Global Intelligence Network, Mobile Security for Android utilizes Symantec’s anti-malware detection technology from Norton Mobile Security, already protecting millions of Android devices,  according to Robles.
With the integration of Odyssey Software, which was recently acquired by Symantec, the former Odyssey Athena product is now Symantec Mobile Management for Configuration Manager.
Symantec now offers three deployment options for mobile device management (MDM) – a standalone MDM solution, an integrated MDM with Altiris IT Management Suite from Symantec and an integrated MDM for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager. These options enable scalable, enterprise-class MDM and unified endpoint management from two of the most widely deployed management platforms.
All Symantec Mobile Management products now integrate with NitroDesk TouchDown, an enterprise email client for Android, to provide secure mobile email services, further enabling secure adoption of Android devices in the enterprise.
By providing a dedicated enterprise email client for Android devices, Symantec is able to address multiple security and management issues, including separation of corporate and personal data.
With a new native agent based enterprise management for Windows Phone 7 devices, complementing existing support for Android and iOS, Symantec Mobile Management can now provide companies with configuration security and management across the most popular platforms, deploy mobile applications and content and secure the corporate data on these devices.
Nukona App Center from Symantec now includes the ability to secure apps and data on iOS devices with FIPS 140-2 certified encryption, making Symantec one of the only vendors to offer this certification.
This capability helps ready iOS devices for use in government and other regulated industries, such as the financial and healthcare sectors, helping these organizations meet compliance requirements from corporate owned to BYOD implementations.
Nukona App Center provides secure application and content management for iOS and Android devices and now supports apps created with third-party app frameworks, such as Appcelerator and PhoneGap. This new support helps customers secure and manage mobile applications created from a wider set of development platforms.
“Building on the success of Symantec PGP Viewer for iOS, Symantec now offers Symantec PGP Viewer for Android to provide the ability to read encrypted emails on Android devices,” Robles said.
Available for download from the Google Play Marketplace, PGP Viewer for Android works in conjunction with PGP Universal Server from Symantec for user enrollment services and key management to help users deal with compliance and data breach concerns.

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