Sophos has launched a Mobile Control suite to protect portable devices.
According to the company, Sophos Mobile Control provides lightweight device protection to the Apple iPhone and iPad, Google Android and Windows Mobile devices. Designed for IT administrators to secure, monitor and control the configuration for smartphones running these operating systems, it said that Sophos Mobile Control secures mobile devices by centrally configuring security settings, enabling the lockdown of unwanted features and remote over-the-air lock or wipe if device is lost or stolen.
It also said that it allows end-users to register new devices and lock or wipe lost or stolen phones, enables consistent security policy enforcement and control and installation of applications and controls access to corporate email via a secure gateway.
Matthias Pankert, head of data protection product management at Sophos, said: “Today iPads, smartphones and laptops are everywhere and connected to the web at all times. Mobile technology has allowed today's workforce to be far more productive but it has also opened up a new can of worms for IT teams as they must ensure that the data on those devices, especially the non-company-issues ones, are encrypted at all times no matter where the end user is.
“Sophos Mobile Control quickly and efficiently protects data on all iOS and Android mobile devices, giving those IT departments peace of mind that their end users' devices are fully protected.”
Also launched is the new version of Sophos SafeGuard Enterprise to include management of all encryption options that fully support hardware drives. These include Opal, software-based encryption and hardware encrypted USB.
The company also said that Sophos SafeGuard Enterprise 5.60 provides faster initial encryption with optimisations by providing up to 30 per cent higher read/write throughput on solid state drives.
Arabella Hallawell, vice president of corporate strategy at Sophos, said: “IT organisations are facing unprecedented challenges securing their users, corporate data and infrastructure on consumer, mobile and cloud devices and platforms they do not own or control.
“It is incumbent upon security vendors to adapt and provide solutions that provide a full arsenal of protection against security threats and data loss, yet flexible and lightweight to protect users on any device, in any location.”