MobileIron to release three major enhancements to platform

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MobileIron is to release three major additions to its portfolio to allow for application delivery, secure viewing of data and documents and a secure apps environment for Android.

MobileIron is to release three major additions to its portfolio to allow for application delivery, secure viewing of data and documents and a secure apps environment for Android.

Speaking to SC Magazine, Ojas Rege, vice-president of strategy at MobileIron, said that the launches were all related to its core strategy as mobile has moved on from an efficient way of doing email to being a major part of the organisation.

He said: “All users will have many thousands of applications and some will be company-wide and the current implications are really substantial for IT, but this has not been thought through as it is changing so fast.

“This notion is that the move to the app space will have a set of real-world challenges that IT need to resolve, so how do they deliver apps at scale? How can they secure the content if it is on a mobile device and you can encrypt it? What about Android – can you secure applications?”

The first launch is the MobileIron Application Delivery Network that allows IT to deliver apps of any size to any number of devices without impacting the corporate network. It is integrated with MobileIron's Apps@Work private app storefront.

Rege said that the challenge is to deliver a 1GB app which the corporate network is not built for. He said: “We are launching the Application Delivery Network which is capable with our app store so apps are delivered through a secure external network.”

The second launch is aimed to tackle the problem of employees accessing documents via mobile devices with Docs@Work; it offers a solution for end-to-end security for both ActiveSync email attachments and SharePoint content.

According to the company, Docs@Work provides secure transport, viewing, local storage and data wiping, and all email attachments are encrypted by MobileIron before they reach the device with Docs@Work offering the ability to decrypt and view them.

Rege said: “When you take a document through email or SharePoint, any document reader can open the file and it will sit in the cloud server that IT does not know about. This is the single biggest hole in mobile. The app has no way of decrypting the file so the user doesn't have to think about it and, if the mobile falls out of compliance, the administrator can wipe email from it.”

The final new solution is MobileIron App Connect for Android which creates a secure app environment that prevents data loss, preserves the native user experience and works across all major Android devices and OS versions.

Included in this is an advanced ‘app wrapping' technology that encapsulates the app without any developer intervention. This ensures that each business app becomes a secure container that is managed through the MobileIron console.

The company claimed that app data is encrypted and trusted apps can share data with each other, but not with consumer apps on the device as App Connect segments professional from personal data to enforce security and privacy, but unifies the user experience to drive adoption.

Rege said: “It is all integrated with policies and gets distributed to the devices that are controlled by MobileIron. If it falls out of compliance you can delete it. This lets you install Android apps and integrate Android into your app strategy. Mobile is about enablement; if you don't offer this then your users will go around them.”

The three technologies will be launched in this order in the second half of 2012.

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