Good boost to mobile device security

Good Technology has launched a software product that offers businesses security protection for the mobile devices used by their staff.

Good Technology has launched a software product that offers businesses security protection for the mobile devices used by their staff.

The launch follows a report by mobile phone operator Orange, and analysts Quocirca earlier this month which found that companies were falling down on mobile security. Just one in five companies using large numbers of handheld devices had security policies in place to cover them.

Good’s Mobile Defense software is designed to give IT managers control over applications, features, passwords and encryption on mobile devices across a variety of platforms, including Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphone, Palm OS, and Symbian.

The package includes a desktop policy manager and client software that allows managers to disable Bluetooth, Wifi or HotSync use, and to lock handheld device features such as cameras, microphones and speakers.

Its password management functions include a facility to erase data and wipe applications, including external media storage cards, remotely if users repeatedly fail to enter correct passwords. Encryption of all devices, their storage cards and applications can also be controlled centrally. 

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