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MobileIron fills final portfolio gaps around Android protection

Alex Scroxton

Enterprise mobility management vendor MobileIron has launched a number of new capabilities designed to better support the Android mobile operating system, saying it has now filled in the final gaps in its security portfolio.

MobileIron VP of strategy, Ojas Rege, said there were two factors now pushing Android in front of business buyers: the steady – and possibly fatal decline – of former corporate mobile darling BlackBerry; and Android’s increased dominance in the smartphone market.

Given this market shift, he explained, it was now vital that the numerous and often gaping holes in Android security were filled, and quickly.

“I’ve always thought that Android security is a puzzle, there are many different pieces in constant motion and you have to have all of those pieces in your offering to make Android a trusted platform,” said Rege. “As our top verticals are all regulated industries this is important to them.”

To this end MobileIron has added a number of new capabilities to its MobileIron for Android solution, teaming up with Divide to provide a complete email and personal information management solution; introducing support for IBM Notes Traveler, the first time IBM Notes Traveler for Android has been containerised and secured by an enterprise mobility platform; and provisioning and configuration of enterprise email for businesses using Samsung KNOX, for which MobileIron claims to be the first commercial licencee.

Around secure content and collaboration it has also added support for Accellion, Acronis mobilEcho and Novell to its AppConnect ecosystem, and its secure browsing solution, Web@Work, now offers browser-specific tunneling to access business resources without recourse to a device-wide VPN.

On the data protection side, its new release includes support for US government-designed but globally adopted cryptographic standard FIPS 140-2, and secure single sign-on for web and native apps on Android.

Rege said the addition of these capabilities now capped off its efforts to provide full support to Android customers, and made it a far more compelling sale for partners.

“The goal has been to complete that puzzle and allow resellers to begin to consider Android as a viable replacement for BlackBerry,” he added.


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