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Sophos Mobile Control 3.0 adds Android malware protection

04 Feb 2013
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Sophos has released Sophos Mobile Control 3.0, an update to its mobile device management tool for Android, adding support for Samsung Safe devices and integration with Sophos Mobile Security 2.0.

Available now, Mobile Control 3.0 is available in both on-premise and cloud-hosted software-as-a-service (Saas) options, enabling administrators to get greater control over how user devices brought into the firm are allowed to interact with the corporate network.

New in Mobile Control 3.0 for Android is integration with Sophos' anti-malware app, Mobile Security 2.0, enabling administrators to deploy both together and manage from the admin console. This offer protection against threats, including URL filtering capabilities, to block users from visiting suspect sites.

The new version also adds support for Samsung Safe devices, granting firms tighter control over how such devices are used, according to Sophos.

Safe, or Samsung for Enterprise, is asset of technologies that provide the necessary security and other features for business use. Devices meeting the requirements include the Galaxy S3 and Note 2 smartphones.

Sophos also said it has now simplified licensing, offering Sophos Mobile Control on a per-user basis. When deployed as part of Sophos' EndUser Protection licence, customers get security for all devices on the network in a single per-user licence for mobile and endpoint protection, the firm said.

John Shaw, Sophos vice president of product management, said that organisations are struggling with the bring-your-own device (BYOD) trend, and it has become clear that anti-malware needs to become part of the solution as attackers increasingly target Android.

"The latest version of Sophos Mobile Control makes it even simpler for IT teams to implement mobile device management, including built-in anti-malware, making secure BYOD possible for organisations of all sizes," he said.

Sophos Mobile Control also manages iOS and BlackBerry devices, with the latest version adding the ability to directly configure iOS devices.

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Daniel Robinson

Daniel Robinson is technology editor at V3, and has been working as a technology journalist for over two decades. Dan has served on a number of publications including PC Direct and enterprise news publication IT Week. Areas of coverage include desktops, laptops, smartphones, enterprise mobility, storage, networks, servers, microprocessors, virtualisation and cloud computing.

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