Sophos Address BYOD Trend

Sophos and Check Point Software Technologies have announced a partnership to provide integration between Sophos’ Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution, Sophos Mobile Control (SMC) 4.0, and Check Point’s Mobile VPN.

The partnership means users of Sophos Mobile Control 4.0 and Check Point Mobile VPN can link the two solutions to provide network access control for any mobile devices attempting to use the corporate network. Non-compliant devices are isolated from the network, protecting the organization from unauthorized mobile devices. This ensures that only managed devices that meet an organization’s security policy may connect and use business resources.

Mobile devices continue to multiply rapidly in the workplace and today’s flexible working styles mean that, increasingly, employees are requiring and gaining access to the corporate network wherever they are. As a result of this surge in mobility, effectively securing both corporate data and networks has become an enormous challenge for IT and security managers. Much of an IT administrator’s day can be spent provisioning, securing, locating, managing and updating these mobile devices.

Sophos Mobile Control continually assesses the compliance status of each mobile device – detecting jailbreaks, blacklisted apps or insecure settings. Via a simple out-of-the-box interface with Check Point’s Mobile VPN, it blocks any non-compliant device from accessing the corporate network via VPN, proactively reducing the risk of data breaches.

“By integrating Check Point Mobile VPN with the mobile device management features of Sophos Mobile Control, IT departments can easily manage how mobile users access centrally-stored corporate resources, allowing them to regain control of their networks all through a simple interface,” says Alon Kantor, vice president of business development at Check Point Software Technologies. “Check Point’s partnership with Sophos provides our joint customers with a simple solution for the increasingly common problem of mobile network access control.”

“The rapid growth of mobile devices in the workplace combined with today’s range of threats means that mobile security is an increasing priority for many organizations,” says Ari Buchler, senior vice president corporate development at Sophos. ”We’re delighted to be partnering with Check Point to provide a simple solution to this complex problem, and to enable users of Sophos Mobile Control and Check Point Mobile VPN to keep compromised mobile devices off their networks. This integration demonstrates both companies’ commitment to meeting the needs of customers in the face of a continuously evolving threat landscape.”

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David Dungay

Editor - Comms Business Magazine