Sophos today introduced Sophos Mobile Control, the Company’s extension to its data protection and endpoint security product lines. A steady surge in smartphone adoption poses a new set of challenges for businesses as the workforce wants constant connectivity from their individual devices, going beyond what is company-issued. With this new offering, Sophos addresses a major pain point for businesses by safeguarding data on a broad range of popular smartphones and handheld devices, including Apple iPhones and iPads, Google Android, and Windows Mobile devices. Sophos Mobile Control provides comprehensive mobile device management, enabling the ability to simply and quickly secure, monitor, and control the configuration of these devices connecting to the corporate network, allowing similar levels of control and protection with company laptops and desktops.
Smartphone security is the leading concern among IT executives according to recent Forrester research. Of those IT executives polled, 75% said that they were either concerned or very concerned about the security risks associated with the adoption of these devices and up to 40% allow or support Windows Mobile, the iPhone, and Pads. Further, approximately 150 million people in the US will be using smartphones by the middle of this year to perform social and personal functions, according to the Nielsen Company. And new mobile operating systems are being accepted at a rapid rate; for example IDC expects Android’s smartphone market share to increase from 16.3% to 24.6% between 2010 and 2014.
With these new realities, companies are faced with an unprecedented challenge of allowing consumer devices that they may not own, to access company data, while still giving employees control and use of their devices. The very notion of what defines a company endpoint has become redefined. Sophos’s mission is to provide businesses the most comprehensive threat and data protection and to do so while reducing complexity and burden to IT administrators and end users, and to do regardless of the device type or whether it is in or out of the network.
Sophos Mobile Control addresses the consumerisation gap by extending device protection to a broad range of popular mobile platforms. Designed for IT administrators to simply and quickly secure, monitor, and control the configuration for smartphones running iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile operating systems, Sophos Mobile Control web-based console:
General availability for Sophos Mobile Control: Q2 2011