BARCELONA: Symantec has announced updates to its mobile security platform and expansion of its encryption software, rounding off a busy day of announcements at Vision 2010.
The firm will extend mobile security and management support to the Android and Apple iOS4 platforms, with key features including remote wiping and password enforcement.
Enterprises continue to face security and management challenges as a growing number of users bring their personal devices into work or use business devices for personal use, the firm said.
By extending support to Apple and Android devices, Symantec aims to reduce the risk of corporate data and business communications being lost or misused.
The firm is also tailoring mobile security products for communication providers to help them deliver a higher quality experience for customers, while reducing their operating costs, helping provide securer networks and policy enforcement.
Symantec’s enterprise and consumer mobile solutions are available now and the communication provider products are scheduled to be available later this year.
The security firm also showed how it will boost its encryption offerings, with PGP Whole Disk Encryption integrating with Intel’s hardware Anti-Theft Technology to help users protect data and deter laptop thefts.
A “poison pill” can be sent to the laptop to stop it from booting and the system can be reactivated if recovered, Simon Holland, technical director for sales and marketing at Intel EMEA, said at Vision 2010.
The collaboration shows Intel intends to continue partnering Symantec for the time being at least, despite purchasing McAfee – an acquisition that had technology pundits scratching their heads and that Holland was unable to explain when quizzed on stage.
PGP Whole Disk Encryption with support for Intel Anti-Theft Technology version 2.0 is scheduled to be available in winter 2011.
The PGP software will also be compatible with Symantec Endpoint Encryption Device Control, Symantec Endpoint Encryption Removable Storage Edition and Symantec Endpoint Encryption Full Disk with support for Mac OS X, all scheduled to be available in winter 2011.
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