by Rob Greer, vice president of product management, Endpoint and Mobility Group, Symantec
The impact mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets have had on the way we live our lives and the way we do business is nothing short of revolutionary. It is quickly approaching parity with the impact of other significant technological innovations, such as the personal computer and the Internet.
As an indication that mobility has truly gone business mainstream, a recent Symantec survey on the state of mobility revealed that 59 percent of organizations are now making line-of-business apps available to employees on mobile devices and 71 percent are even considering the creation of a corporate app store. Why is this transformation happening? The answer is because mobile technology has proven itself as a legitimate source of business agility. Consider that about three-quarters of businesses surveyed expected to increase efficiency through mobility, and the full 73 percent actually realized that gain.
However, despite the vast benefits of mobility, enterprise IT remains concerned – and for good reason. Enterprises have suffered a variety of losses as a result of mobility, measured by direct financial expenses, loss of data and damage to the brand or loss of customer trust. In fact, over the last 12 months, the average cost of these losses to enterprises was $429,000. Thus, the survey also revealed that the risks surrounding mobility are the number one concern of IT departments.
To help enterprise IT departments meet the challenge of making employees ultra productive with their mobile devices while also containing the risks, Symantec has developed a strong enterprise mobility strategy. Today, that strategy became even stronger with our mobile announcement. Highlights include:
New Symantec Mobile Management for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager
In addition to integrating with the Symantec Management Platform, Symantec Mobile Management now also integrates with Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager.
Enhanced native mobile device management for Android and Windows Phone 7
Mobile Management now includes security policy management and application management for Android, iOS and Windows Mobile 7 platforms.
New Symantec Mobile Security for Android
Symantec plans to bring its world-class anti-malware technology and Global Intelligence Network capabilities to the Android platform with Mobile Security for Android in late summer 2012.
New Symantec Data Loss Prevention for Tablets integration with Mobile Management
Now generally available for the iPad, Symantec Data Loss Prevention for Tablets monitors and controls the transmission of confidential data, and when combined with Mobile Management provides the industry’s strongest solution to support business productivity and personal use concurrently.
New Symantec Managed PKI Service integration with Mobile Management
To enable strong user and device authentication to enterprise networks and applications, Mobile Management is integrated with the new Managed PKI Service v8.3.
Symantec O3 tie with Symantec’s enterprise mobility platform
In combination with Symantec O3– Symantec’s cloud information protection platform – the Symantec enterprise mobility platform will enable secure usage of cloud apps from mobile devices.