McAfee has added updates to its enterprise mobility management (EMM) platform to allow for bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies.

Launched at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, McAfee said that this is part of its vision of providing comprehensive mobile security and privacy protection for devices, data and apps in version 10 of its EMM platform.

The latest update includes significant security updates for enterprise customers to enable BYOD, with improved control to identify, secure and assign policies to both employee and business-owned smartphones and tablets.

McAfee said that the EMM software allows enterprises to offer their employees mobile device choice while delivering secure and easy access to mobile corporate applications. New features and functionality also include sandboxing for email on iOS, blocking of iCloud backup and application blacklisting for Android and iOS.

It also said that next month, it plans to release an integrated secure container for Android that segregates corporate email, calendar and contacts from personal data according to corporate security policies.

John Thode, executive vice-president and general manager of McAfee's consumer, mobile and small business unit, said: “Mobile devices are continuing to grow rapidly and have become a staple in work life and play. As a result, consumers and organisations 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.

“We're excited about our 2012 line-up of mobile security products and the new features and functionally that will help smartphone and tablet users experience a worry-free mobile computing experience.”