SonicWall extends protection to Android devices

SonicWall app allows Android users to connect securely to corporate networks

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SonicWall extends protection to Android devices The SonicWall app creates a secure VPN to an Android device, and checks traffic from the device to protect corporate networks. (Getty Images/AFP)
By  Mark Sutton Published  March 4, 2012

SonicWall has released a new client application to help secure Google Android smartphones and tablets, and prevent them causing security issues on corporate networks.

The Mobile Connect client app is available as a free download via the Android Market, and allows Android device users to connect to business networks via encrypted SSL VPN.

When deployed with or alongside a SonicWall Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) the Mobile Connect app creates a Clean VPN to decrypt traffic while the NGFW decontaminates threats, viruses and malware from smartphones or tablets over SSL VPN before they can enter the network.

Mobile users can access these resources across SonicWall appliances, including SonicWall Aventail E-Class Secure Remote Access (SRA), SRA for SMB and SonicWall Next-Generation Firewalls.

The solution also uses SonicWall, End Point Control (EPC), available only on the SonicWALL Aventail E-Class SRA Series. For Android-based smartphones and tablets running Mobile Connect, EPC identifies specific device attributes and enforces they are met before allowing the device to connect to the network. EPC can also determine if an Android device has been jailbroken, thereby removing Android's built-in security enforcement, so that connections from compromised devices may be rejected or quarantined.

 "Android tablets and smartphones are commonplace tools for today's mobile workforce. Companies must have tools to manage security for those devices both inside and outside the corporate network," said Patrick Sweeney, vice president of product management and corporate marketing at SonicWALL.

"With Mobile Connect, enterprise, educational and government institutions can maintain stringent security standards while their employees travel outside of the protected perimeter, thus enabling greater workforce productivity," he said.

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