Mobile device management (MDM) software is becoming increasingly common as IT and security administrators seek to apply equivalent governance to mobile devices and traditional desktops/notebooks.
The growing use of personally-owned devices for business purposes (usually referred to as Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD) makes this a little trickier, as it requires administrators to protect corporate assets without interfering with the personal use of these devices.
Sophos Mobile Control 2.5 is designed to allow administrators to perform many tasks with a single click, and integrates with technologies such as Active Directory to simplify the application of the appropriate policies to a new device.
The software also supports a remote 'corporate wipe' of a device when its owner leaves the organisation or fails to comply with security policies (eg, by failing to install recent security updates for the OS or applications, or not keeping the security software up to date).
"We have made considerable advancements in MDM over the past few months. Following our recent acquisition of DIALOGS, we have been able to aggressively improve the features within our complete mobile security offerings, which have resonated with the market," said Matthias Pankert, vice president of product management, mobile data protection, Sophos.
We now count more than 1,500 Mobile Control customers using the solution to control and secure half a million devices - companies are saying 'yes' to BYOD without risking security and compliance.
"This rapid momentum in our mobile business is evidence that it is no longer enough for businesses to just control their own devices. they must now make sure that all devices, regardless of whether they are corporate or personal, are protected and secured and meet the corporation's security standards."
The company has plans to offer Sophos Mobile Control as a hosted service.