Dan Schiappa, SVP and GM of Sophos’ End User Security Group
Sophos today announced Sophos Mobile Control (SMC) 4.0, the first and only Enterprise Mobile Management (EMM) solution to combine individual file encryption and integrated AV and web filtering. Available on-premise and as-a-service, SMC provides a simple and differentiated approach for small and mid-market organizations to manage and secure mobile devices, content and applications. The new Sophos solution supports iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 devices; it helps IT professionals confidently implement BYOD policies at the office and provides users the flexibility they demand to stay productive and safe.
SMC 4.0: Mobile Encryption, Integrated Security and User-Centricity
SMC 4.0 provides a simple, hassle-free and comprehensive approach to protecting mobile devices. With Mobile Content Management for iOS devices, SMC is the only EMM provider to offer individual file encryption, with gated entry to each file to protect the data in the office and on the go. SMC also delivers integrated security against malware and malicious web sites for Android devices, which account for 80% of smartphone OSes* worldwide but also the majority of mobile malware threats – the number of unique pieces of mobile malware seen by SophosLabs has now reached almost 900,000.
With web protection for Androids, IT administrators can define web site categories to control access and block data-stealingor inappropriateweb pages. SMC 4.0 also integrates with Sophos UTM, Checkpoint and Cisco for network access controls.Compromised devices are isolated from the network, protecting the organization’s assets from malware on mobile devices. Simplified deployment, management, and user-based pricing highlight the SMC 4.0 user-centric approach to EMM. It also includes a web-based management console for IT administrators and an intuitive self-service portal for users to change passwords, register their devices and report lost or stolen devices.
Sophos Survey: Mobile Security in a Cloudy World
Sophos conducted a survey of more than 725 IT professionals on their use and preferences of cloud share services, encryption and mobile devices. The survey showed 84% of organizations allow some level of access from company-issued devices to cloud share services such as Dropbox, however 65% of respondents do not currently encrypt data between the cloud and mobile devices. Surprisingly only 38% feel secure sharing or collaborating on corporate content between the cloud and mobile devices.
The results of the survey demonstrate the enormous opportunity for SMC 4.0, as itassures organizations that their data is safe wherever users are, and providesorganizations with the confidence to use cloud accounts for collaborating and maintaining content safely and securely.
Dan Schiappa, SVP and GM of Sophos’ End User Security Group, said: “SMC 4.0 extends the Sophos commitment to delivering comprehensive data protection, offering solutions to manage, secure, and protect not just the mobile devices themselves, but also the content and applications on those devices. SMC 4.0 takes content management one step further by ensuring persistent mobile encryption on devices, extends beyond the office doors. Additional network access control based on device compliance status makes mobile device management, content management, and mobile security simple and effective.”
Chris Hazelton, Research Director for Mobile & Wireless at 451 Research, said: “The rapid shift to more flexible and increasingly mobile working patterns has led to widespread adoption (with or without the consent of IT) of file-sync and -share services as users seek to store and collaborate on shared content. This 'any device, any cloud' trend will only continue, so organizations face an increased risk of losing sensitive corporate data if they don't deploy encryption and data loss protection tools. The integration of these data security tools into EMM provides companies with a simple deployment option that should resonate well with the SMB market.”
Sophos Customers Look Forward to SMC 4.0
Europart is a leading distributor of replacement parts and accessories for commercial vehicles and buses. The company is headquartered in Germany, and has more than 1,800 employees worldwide. BjörnRisse, Service Manager Infrastruktur, EUROPART Holding GmbH, said, “Sophos Mobile Control has allowed us to easily deploy mobile security, while giving us the peace of mind that client information is safe and confidential. We chose Sophos for our mobile security because it meets our needs and is able to scale with our business requirements.”
“As a user of Sophos Mobile Control we definitely see the value of securing mobile devices. Based on the Sophos roadmap for mobile security, we are excited about the added functionality to Mobile Control as a product and believe the latest versions will continue to support our organizational efforts going forward,” said Gerald Descoteaux, IT Director, Bell Technical Solutions, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Bell Canada that specializes in phone, Internet and television services throughout Quebec and Ontario.