Blue Coat introduces mobile device security

Blue Coat introduces mobile device security

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Blue Coat introduces mobile device security The new service is designed to cover mobile browser applications and Web-based threats.
By  Stephen McBride Published  November 14, 2012

Web security and WAN optimisation specialist Blue Coat Systems Inc today introduced its Mobile Device Security (MDS) service, which it said would "enable businesses to extend the boundaries of the security perimeter to iOS devices in any location, on any network".

The new security-as-a-service is intended to close the security gap that leaves businesses without a control point over mobile browser applications and exposed to Web-based threats.

Businesses are increasingly invested in allowing mobile devices access to the network through corporate mobile initiatives that improve workforce productivity; bring your own device initiatives to give employees greater flexibility; or guest device initiatives to enable a closer working relationship with partners, customers and other constituencies. 

Blue Coat argued that as businesses move to fully embrace mobile devices in their extended corporate environment, they need to overcome three real risks: exposure to Web-based threats, inadvertent data loss via native mobile and mobile browser applications, and employees circumventing corporate security policies.

The Blue Coat MDS service operates at the network level, rather than the device level, to "extend the same protection and control that is available in corporate headquarters to mobile devices in any location".  This approach, Blue Coat believes, allows businesses to embrace mobile devices in the corporate environment by delivering three key features.

First, the Blue Coat MDS service is powered by WebPulse and what the company claims is "the industry's only negative day defence" to protect against device-agnostic threats that indiscriminately target users on laptops, desktops, smartphones and tablets.

Second, Blue Coat seeks to deliver "granular application and operation controls. Unlike mobile device-level solutions that block entire mobile applications and offer no control over mobile browser applications, the MDS service provides finer control across both types of applications - native mobile and mobile browser.  This allows organisations to set flexible IT policies that prevent inadvertent data loss and ensure consistent enforcement across the extended environment, said Blue Coat.  

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