IBM reveals mobile management software
IBM Endpoint Manager for Mobile Devices to help companies tackle BYOD problems
IBM has launched an new application to cater to the ‘Bring your own device' (BYOD) trend, by securing a wide range of mobile devices.
The IBM Endpoint Manager for Mobile Devices, based on technology acquired from IBM's 2010 acquisition of BigFix Inc. The application enables remote management of tablet and mobile devices running on Apple iOS, Android, Symbian and Windows operating systems.
Endpoint Manager allows administrators to remotely wipe data from devices that may be lost or stolen, and also gives better capabilities to enforce passcode policies, encryption, VPN and other corporate security policies.
The software can also identify non-compliant devices and take action by denying email access or by issuing user notifications until corrective actions are implemented.
At the end of 2011, almost half of mobile devices used in the workplace were employee owned according to IDC.
"As the BYOD movement accelerates, it presents new opportunities and challenges for organizations. In order for them to take advantage of this trend, it is important that organizations have mobile security and management policies in place," said Bob Sutor, vice president, IBM Mobile Platform. "The new offering from IBM will help organizations manage personal and enterprise-owned mobile phones and tablets across IT networks in order to minimize risk, increase productivity and enhance innovation."