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Blue Coat introduces mobile app controls

Controls are designed to limit unauthorised apps on the corporate network

Blue Coat introduces mobile app controls
Blue Coat has introduced new controls designed to close the security gap created by unsanctioned mobile applications on the corporate network.

Web security and WAN optimisation expert Blue Coat Systems, has introduced mobile application controls designed to close the security gap created by unsanctioned mobile applications on the corporate network.

According to Blue Coat, the growth in bring your own device initiatives has driven an increase in mobile devices and unmanaged, untrusted applications on the corporate network. 

 According to Forrester Research, 57% of employees chose and purchased their own smartphone without any direction or guidance from their company.  To prevent unauthorised or undesired use of the corporate network, the Blue Coat mobile application is designed to extend to mobile applications the same granular operational controls the company provides for web-based applications. 

These operational controls are designed to allow businesses to set policies around specific functions within both web-based and mobile applications. 

 "The growth of BYOD initiatives has created a situation where IT security managers are facing a deluge of untrusted, unmanaged devices and applications on the corporate network," said Dave Ewart, director of product marketing, EMEA at Blue Coat Systems.  "Blue Coat mobile application controls give administrators the ability, for the first time, to not only determine which applications are allowed on the network but also to what extent mobile device users are able to interact with those applications." 

The new mobile application controls are integrated into the Blue Coat ProxySG appliances and the Blue Coat Cloud Service.  The mobile application controls are automatically updated through the Blue Coat WebPulse collaborative defense and immediately available to customers with current support contracts.

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