Will Sophos end user solution cure BYOD ills?

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Security provider Sophos has announced Sophos EndUser Protection, which aims to combine end point protection with MDM (mobile device management) in order to give a more comprehensive mobile security solution.

The product looks to flip the paradigm of traditional security software, securing per user as opposed to per device – in other words, trying to take the sting out of BYOD risks and take the complexity out of mobile device management.

Matt Fairbanks, Sophos CMO, said of the launch: “Every day I use three or four different devices for business purposes, and the consumerisation trend points to more people using even more devices.

“Our value proposition to customers and partners is complete security without complexity,” he added.

Evidently, security is a major proposition when discussing BYOD and the consumerisation of IT. James Easton of Real Status went so far as to call it ‘bring your own disaster’ back in October.

This of course leads to MDM companies joining the fray to secure mobile workforces, and given Citrix’ acquisition of MDM provider Zenprise last month, there’s plenty of money in the space.

Gary Barton of IT Connection Blogs has proclaimed 2013 as the “year of BYOD and MDM”, stating his hope for enterprises to see BYOD “as an opportunity rather than a threat”.

Yet going down the MDM route can be fraught with danger. Magic Software’s David Akka discussed the problems, noting that with approximately 50 vendors in the marketplace, each has different histories and strengths; some from security, others from application sharing, and so forth.

Josh More, senior security consultant at RJS Smart Security and a partner of Sophos, said in a statement: “Our clients are struggling to deal with the reality of BYOD, employees working from remote locations, and using multiple devices to access the business network.

“We can help make securing our customers’ mobile workforces easier and more affordable, giving us a distinct advantage over other resellers that offer security by device,” he added.

So is Sophos EndUser Protection a happy medium between the two?


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