How new security solutions will be a major enabler of the mobile enterprise


Within the past few months, we have seen numerous initiatives by enterprise mobility providers to support the growing number of mobile-empowered enterprises.

On January 5 AirWatch by VMware announced its collaboration with Intel Security. The reason for these two giants to team up was to address the most critical points in BYOD security management and empower enterprises to meet modern security requirements more effectively. By joining the Intel Security Innovation Alliance, VMware will provide its customers with the opportunity of sharing sophisticated mobility data via the key feature of Intel’s security system, McAfee Data Exchange Layer.

Alongside this, Intel Security has become a member of AirWatch Mobile Security Alliance in order to help companies focus on improving their mobility rather than dealing with its critical aspects like managing and securing mobile devices.

Given the skyrocketing development of security solutions, we can only conclude that enterprise mobility is in the process of reaching its full potential. More importantly, it will soon be accepted by a larger number of companies, regardless of the industry they are in.

Advanced security solutions as the base of enterprise mobility

One of the main problems mobile-enabled SMBs are coming across is BYOD management. Namely, with an increasing number of employees accessing company networks and sharing corporate data via private mobile devices, security risks rise as well.

This issue is exactly what the integration of AirWatch with Intel Security tries to address. Namely, this alliance solves three main aspects of mobile-empowered enterprise security:

  • Data protection. With Intel’s security solutions integrated with AirWatch, companies will manage to bring their security practices to a whole new level. Namely, they will be able to extend their mobile security across mobile devices, PCs, operating systems, various networks and the cloud.
  • Threat detection. These data protection solutions will also facilitate the mobile information flow into security management tools. This way, companies will be able to always detect the blind spot regarding their security, as well as encourage their security teams to better manage events across the plethora of devices.
  • Security management . Another important goal of this security solution is to protect data regardless of where it is so that users can access it more securely anytime and anywhere.

Regulated industries also expected to tighten security

While enterprises managed to handle security risks by implementing hybrid cloud storage solutions, businesses in regulated industries are still far behind the majority of sectors.

Given the strictness of their compliance requirements, organisations in finance, healthcare and government justifiably hesitated to make such radical decisions like integrating workload mobility and cloud with their IT infrastructure.

In addition to this, a recent study by SecureLink sees the healthcare industry as the strictest one in terms of IT infrastructure requirements. The report points out that the challenges here widely range from managing employee productivity apps, access and audit paradigms.

However, with the rise of new security solutions, the adoption of cloud applications among enterprises in regulated industries has jumped to 71%, according to a Bitglass survey. While industries such as education and communications show a surprising amount of initiative towards migrating to cloud, sectors in regulated industries are also opening up towards using this software.

Apart from the partnership between AirWatch and Intel Security, X-IO Technologies has also announced the addition of AES 256-bit key data-at-rest (DaR) encryption layer to its X-IO storage systems. When used as a part of a much wider data security strategy, this feature will encrypt data while it is stored, thus preventing the loss of sensitive customer data or compromising intellectual property.

The CIO in 2016

Even though every industry is different and the pace at which the companies within it adopt mobility solutions heavily depends on its technology cycle, the truth is that BYOD management has already become somewhat of a holy grail for all CIOs.

With a growing number of security solutions, mobile-empowered enterprises will finally manage to establish solid BYOD policies and control not only the device, but the transmission of data as well.

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