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Sophos announces ‘immediate’ support for iOS 7

New version of MDM solution to cover Apple’s new mobile platform

Shaw: We think iOS7 is a huge step forward in enabling personal devices to be used securely at work.
Shaw: We think iOS7 is a huge step forward in enabling personal devices to be used securely at work.

Security specialist Sophos has announced that its mobile device management and security platform, Sophos Mobile Control (SMC), will "immediately support" iOS 7, Apple's latest mobile operating system, which was launched on Tuesday.

Sophos Mobile Control is targeted at small- and medium-sized businesses as a mobile device management (MDM) solution, supporting platforms such as iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

In addition to delivering  iOS 7 support, Sophos announced an update for customers to manage the new business-focused features of Apple's latest OS from Sophos' Web-based console, deployed either on premise or in the cloud as a Software as a Service (SaaS) model.

According to Gartner, Apple iOS 7 includes more enterprise enhancements than any release since iOS 4.0 introduced mobile device management APIs.

"Version 3.6 of Sophos Mobile Control enables enterprises of all sizes to protect corporate data, with many new enhancements, including separation of company and personal data; per-app VPN; a new volume purchasing programme (VPP); and remote configuration of apps," Sophos said in an emailed statement.

"Mobile devices in the workplace are the rule, not the exception," said John Shaw, vice president for end-user security products at Sophos.

"Sophos Mobile Control provides simple-to-deploy mobile-device management and security that will keep employees happy and productive, minimise the workload for IT, and give managers confidence that the company's data is protected. We think iOS7 is a huge step forward in enabling personal devices to be used securely at work, and are delighted to be extending the benefits to our partners and customers."