Blue Coat Systems has introduced application controls to help manage unsanctioned mobile applications on the corporate network.

According to the company, the controls extend the same granular operational controls to mobile applications that a company provides for web-based applications. With these in place, a business can set policies around specific functions within both web-based and mobile applications and enforce policy across all devices.

The mobile application controls are integrated into the Blue Coat ProxySG appliances and the Blue Coat Cloud Service. The company said that it is adding new applications and operations to its mobile application controls on a monthly basis to ensure that the most relevant controls to manage the applications on their network are available.

The mobile application controls are automatically updated through the Blue Coat WebPulse collaborative defence and are immediately available to customers with current support contracts.

Steve Daheb, chief marketing officer at Blue Coat Systems, said: “The growth of consumerisation and BYOD initiatives has created a situation where IT security managers are facing a deluge of untrusted, unmanaged devices and applications on the corporate network.

“Blue Coat mobile application controls give administrators the ability to not only determine which applications are allowed on the network, but also to what extent mobile device users are able to interact with those applications.”