McAfee rolls out enterprise mobile security tools

by CXOtoday Staff    Feb 28, 2012

The new solution for enterprise customers enables BYOD, with control to identify, secure and assign policies to both employee and business-owned smartphones and tablets.

McAfee said that it has added updates to its Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) platform to strengthen bring your own device (BYOD) policies for enterprise users.

The series of technology advancements deliver upon its vision of providing comprehensive mobile security and privacy protection for devices, data and apps, the company said.

“Mobile devices are continuing to grow rapidly and have become a staple in work life and play,” said John Thode, Executive Vice President and General Manager of McAfee’s consumer, mobile and small business unit. “As a result, consumers and organizations need to ensure these devices are protected from device loss, data theft and malware that can be distributed via direct downloads, links, email attachments and text messaging.”

EMM software provides enterprises the ability to offer their employees mobile device choice, with secure mobile application access, strong authentication, and compliance reporting via its ePolicy Orchestrator platform. The software brings the same level of control to mobile devices, including employee-owned smartphones and tablets that IT applies to laptops and desktops, McAfee said.

New features include email sandboxing for iOS to prevent corporate email from being forwarded from a personal mailbox; Block iCloud Backup for iOS to restrict users from moving corporate data from device to iCloud, and application blacklisting for Android and iOS.

Next month, McAfee plans to release EMM 10.1 which includes an integrated Secure Container for Android that segregates corporate email, calendar and contacts from personal data according to corporate security policies.

McAfee said that it will also announce a new version of McAfee VirusScan Mobile Security for Enterprise. The solution aims to prevent malware from entering the corporate domain with automatic, up-to-date scanning for malware in files, memory cards, applications, Internet downloads and text messages.

“We are excited about our 2012 line-up of mobile security products and the new features and functionality that will help smartphone and tablet users experience a worry-free mobile computing experience,” said Thode.