Symantec Improves Enterprise Management of Android, iOS Devices

Company’s mobile portfolio updates security, management features for greater variety of hardware.

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Symantec Corp. released significant mobile portfolio updates to enable secure mobile e-mail deployments, mobile application initiatives, and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs. With these updates, Symantec offers an enterprise-grade platform with enhanced capabilities in device management, application management, and threat protection.

The updates include the following products and new capabilities:

Symantec Mobile Security for Android: According to Symantec’s State of Mobility Survey, 67 percent of companies are concerned with malware attacks spreading from mobile devices to internal networks. In addition, 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 released Symantec Mobile Security for Android, which leverages the company’s technology to monitor and analyze millions of android apps available on app stores 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, which already protects millions of Android devices.

Symantec Mobile Management for Configuration Manager: With the completed integration of Odyssey Software, the former Odyssey Athena product is now called Symantec Mobile Management for Configuration Manager. Symantec 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.

Symantec Mobile Management: All Symantec Mobile Management products now integrate with the leading enterprise e-mail client for Android, NitroDesk TouchDown, to provide secure mobile e-mail services, further enabling secure adoption of Android devices in the enterprise. By providing a dedicated enterprise e-mail client for Android devices, Symantec addresses multiple security and management issues, including separation of corporate and personal data.  Symantec Mobile Management provides native agent-based enterprise management for Windows Phone 7 devices, complementing existing support for Android and iOS. With this capability, companies can provide consistent 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: Nukona App Center from Symantec now can secure apps and data on iOS devices with FIPS 140-2 certified encryption. This capability helps ready iOS devices for use in government and other regulated industries, such as the financial and health-care 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, helping customers secure and manage mobile applications created from a wider set of development platforms.

Symantec PGP Viewer for Android: Symantec PGP Viewer for Android reads encrypted e-mail messages on Android devices. 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 customers deal with compliance and data breach concerns.

More information is available at www.symantec.com.