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Friday, 11 October 2013 06:16

Unisys enters MDM market by Stealth

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Unisys has made a bold play into the growing mobile device management (MDM) market.

When the company launched its new Forward virtualisation platform this week it also announced Stealth for Mobile, a server and device based product designed to “address the major security concerns facing enterprises as growing numbers of their employees use consumer devices at work.”

The announcement was made at Gartner’s Symposium in Florida, with a simultaneous launch in Australia. “Within the next two years, hundreds of millions of people are expected to be using smartphones for work – many of which will be employee-owned devices,” said Paul Head-McNeil, Unisys Asia Pacific program manager for cyber security.

“The rapid proliferation of such bring-your-own devices (BYOD) in the workplace has resulted in an alarming increase in cybersecurity risks. Unisys Stealth uses advanced data cloaking and encryption techniques to help organisations mitigate cybersecurity attacks and hacker incidents by rendering devices, data, and end users virtually invisible on the network. The solution creates secure user communities within an enterprise where only authorised users can access or see information.

Stealth for Mobile allows enterprises to capitalise on the productivity gains and customer service improvements associated with mobility and consumerisation of IT, while increasing assurance that their critical data remains safe.

“Unlike other security solutions such as virtual private networks, Unisys Stealth for Mobile cryptographically protects data all the way to the application – a much more secure approach for BYOD environments.”

Head-McNeil said the product comes with “application wrapping security software that allows users to define specific security policies on a per-mobile application basis. It then adds a layer of identity-based security that gives users access and visibility rights to only the assets within the data centre they are entitled to access and see.

He said Stealth for Mobile is easy to implement, requiring no new code or application changes. The solution is transparent to end users, who will have the same access rights no matter which device they use to access the data centre.

Unisys has entered into a worldwide reseller agreement to offer Mocana MAP, a leading application wrapping software, in connection with Stealth for Mobile. Head-McNeil said the company is also exploring relationships with other complementary MDM vendors such as Good Technology and Mobile Air.

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Graeme Philipson is senior associate editor at iTWire and editor of sister publication CommsWire. He is also founder and Research Director of Connection Research, a market research and analysis firm specialising in the convergence of sustainable, digital and environmental technologies. He has been in the high tech industry for more than 30 years, most of that time as a market researcher, analyst and journalist. He was founding editor of MIS magazine, and is a former editor of Computerworld Australia. He was a research director for Gartner Asia Pacific and research manager for the Yankee Group Australia. He was a long time IT columnist in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and is a recipient of the Kester Award for lifetime achievement in IT journalism.

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