Sophos enhances mobile device management platform

Sophos announced Mobile Control 2.0, a mobile device management solution that supports iPhones and iPads, Android phones and tablets, Windows Mobile devices and RIM BlackBerry – managing all of these from one web-based console.

Sophos Mobile Control is designed specifically for IT administrators to secure, monitor and control smart phones and other personal mobile devices.

Enhancements incorporated into this latest version include:

Enterprise App Store: brings the look and feel of a typical app store, but allows IT administrators to configure, require or recommend apps to download. This feature also enables administrators to deploy company-specific apps that are not published in the Apple App Store or the Google Market.

Compliance Enforcement: allows IT administrators to set specific rules that execute consistent policies from device to device, including such actions as denying un-encrypted devices or blacklisting specific applications. This new feature logs all compliance issues on a web-based dashboard that permits the administrator to see all non-compliant devices, details of the violations and actions required to remediate the issue. Non-compliant devices can be automatically disabled from receiving further access to corporate data.

Self Service Portal: further eases the burden on IT. After registering an employee device, users are able to access features such as lock mobile devices, wipe devices, locate devices and reset passwords. With the self-service portal, employees are now able to resolve most problems on their own without exhausting IT resources.

“We understand that businesses are increasingly mobile and their workforce is adding an extra layer of complexity,” said Matthias Pankert, vice president of Product Management, Mobile Data Protection, Sophos. “With the enhancements within Sophos Mobile Control, we are aiming to streamline and simplify device and data protection, while giving employees the flexibility they want, and IT departments the protection they need.”

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