Infrastructure and software reseller Trustmarque has formed an agreement with IT security company, Sophos, to provide a managed service to protect mobile devices, writes Linda Endersby.
The 'Nimbus Mobile Device Management (MDM)' solution offers over-the-air control for mobile business devices allowing businesses to fully secure and remotely monitor mobile devices on their networks using mobile data management (MDM) technology developed by DIALOGS, which was recently acquired by Sophos,
"Laptops used to be the thorn in a security professional's side, but more and more, it is devices such as smartphones that are posing the problem,"said Robert Newburn, head of information security and managed services at Trustmarque. "They are easily lost, damaged or stolen; they hold as much information as your company laptop, but they are rarely as well protected."
The Sophos solution, Sophos Mobile Control, provides protection for popular business devices, such as iPhones, iPads, Android, BlackBerrys and Windows Mobile and enables access to a central role-based web console, which is simple to use and can remotely locate, lock and wipe devices within seconds to prevent data loss and security breaches.
"We have a long-standing relationship with Trustmarque, and their expertise in the security space made them the obvious partner to work with on an MDM managed service," said Neil Furby, cloud services business development manager for Sophos.
"Mobile device management is a huge issue for customers and with Trustmarque's strong cloud heritage and technical capability, our companies will provide customers with robust and flexible protection for mobile devices," he continued.
"By delivering Sophos security through the cloud, we can offer a responsive and flexible managed service whereby users can take control of their mobile devices by simply logging on to a web browser," added Newburn.
The tool can also be used to enforce security policies by activating security features and can control what applications users can or should have installed on their device. In addition an at-a-glance mobile inventory shows all registered devices, including their settings and configurations, and flags non-compliant devices.
"Whether you have 10 or 10,000 devices, they need to be properly protected," Newburn said. "This new service will provide businesses with the ability to offer employees the latest technology, which they use every day in both a work and personal capacity, while still ensuring data remains safe."