McAfee is to launch new security packages aimed at mobile handsets and tablets, and will change the licensing format for its vendor and service provider partners to bundle the WaveSecure and VirusScan packages as a single offering.
Combining the platforms could allow partner companies to offer end users and enterprises a security bundle that includes malware scanning and blocking as well as tools to remotely manage, locate, block and wipe lost or stolen handsets.
McAfee plans to extend the programme to the enterprise space later this year with the Business Ready platform. The package will bundle the Mobile Security platform with McAfee's Enterprise Mobility Management administration tool.
The new platforms are part of an effort to protect consumer devices used in enterprise environments, which many in the security industry believe will bring major risks.
"The proliferation of mobile devices has really determined the need for protection that can span beyond the consumer to the enterprise," said Todd Gebhart, senior vice president and general manager of small business, consumer and mobile security at McAfee.
"Our goal is to help our partners differentiate their device or their service, make it easier for our consumer customers to bring their device to work when they're ready, but rest assured that their own data is protected, and enable our business customers to offer guidance to their end users."
McAfee also hopes to release a port of the WaveSecure platform for tablet devices running Android. Like the mobile version of WaveSecure, the tablet tool will allow users to remotely locate, lock and restore lost or stolen devices.
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