Why you need security experts to help with mobile device management [Symantec]

With more employees are bringing their personal mobile devices into work and expecting to use them —  an additional layer of security is needed to protect the corporate network.

But comparing mobile security to desktop security is like comparing apples to oranges. With so many different devices (and different versions of those devices) coming into an organization, security can get complicated.

So when it comes to securing mobile devices, it means enforcing security policies by managing the devices’ native security functionality (which is the case for Apple, Android and BlackBerry, while Windows Mobile and Symbian have specific third-party agents available).

But there are a lot of misconceptions about mobile security that can lead to a false sense of how secure your organization really is. Here are a few of the most common myths surrounding mobile security: [Read more…]

Mobile device management is easier with Symantec

Symantec Mobile Device Management

Gone are the days when everyone was armed with a company-issued Blackberry that could easily be managed through the Blackberry Enterprise Server. These days, consumerization of IT is a trend that’s saddling many companies with a variety of manageability issues. After all, IT just can’t have the breadth of knowledge required to manage it all – iPhones, Androids, PlayBooks and webOS devices.

It also carries the burden of supporting and enforcing user productivity. Mobile applications need to connect to the enterprise back-end and vice-versa. Mobile devices are becoming more and more sophisticated, providing greater corporate access and storing even more data. Add to that, many organizations are under PCI or HIPPA regulations, which may be extended to mobile devices, and it’s clear that a framework needs to be developed to address all these issues and safely allow communication between networks and devices.

Symantec’s Mobile Management does just that – addressing these concerns and enabling organizations to embrace mobile computing while enforcing governance, securing corporate data and gaining visibility and control over all mobile platforms. Administrators finally have the ability to centrally define and distribute security policies to devices over-the-air using the device’s native security technology instead of adding security technology to the device itself.

“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,” says Symantec’s Group President, Enterprise Products, Francis deSouza. “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.”

There are four key areas where Symantec really shines:

  1. Device management allows application updates and patches to be performed without needing the device physically present. Management can also be integrated with help desk for user support as well as remote wipes.
  2. Device security prevents unauthorized usage of the device and features enforcement policies around password protection. It’s peace of mind so the device doesn’t fall prey to data loss.
  3. Content security uses application control to guard against malware and protect data from unauthorized usage.
  4. Identity and access provides access to the right resources from the right devices with the right postures through authentication and authorization for access to enterprise applications and resources.

Does your organization need a mobile device management solution?

Mobile devices offer exciting new possibilities in the office, on the road or anywhere people are getting their jobs done. Our team of security experts are always here to help you.

Client management software saves money, eases the pain of routine management [Symantec]

Most IT people who deal with desktops spend much of their time doing drudge work. Jobs like tracking software licenses and assets, and making sure systems have the latest patches aren’t difficult, but they can eat up an inordinate amount of time and money and turn administrators into zombies. This is why support and maintenance costs represent nearly 80 percent of the cost of owning a client system.

One way to reclaim that time is by deploying Symantec Client Management Suite (CMS). This suite tracks what’s happening on enterprise desktops and makes it easy to make changes, install new software, keep control of licenses, and help with a host of other jobs.

A CMS solution, like Symantec’s Client Management Suite, does these tasks and many others through a central web-based interface.

One of the most important jobs the Symantec CMS manages is simply to keep track of all your hardware and software. The basis of managing all your enterprise clients is [Read more…]