IBM has introduced new software to help organisations manage and secure the growing use of employee-owned smartphones and tablets in the workplace.
At the end of 2011, almost half of mobile devices used in the workplace were employee owned, according to research by IDC. Another report from IDC found mobile exploits double in 2011 from 2010. This ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) trend raised concerns about security issues associated with employees accessing business data and networks on their personal device.
IBM said it’s Endpoint Manager for Mobile Devices helps organisations support and protect the growing mobile workforce. The software allows companies to use a single solution to secure and manage smartphones and tablets, as well as laptops, desktop PCs, and servers.
“As the BYOD movement accelerates, it presents new opportunities and challenges for organisations. In order for them to take advantage of this trend, it is important that organisations have mobile security and management policies in place,” said Bob Sutor, VP at IBM Mobile Platform.
The software manages Apple iOS, Google Android, Nokia Symbian, and Microsoft Windows Mobile and Windows Phone devices. It allows users to remotely set policies, identify potential data compromises and wipe data off the devices if they are lost or stolen. It also helps configure and enforce passcode policies, encryption and Virtual Private Network settings.
“The new offering from IBM will help organisations manage personal and enterprise-owned mobile phones and tablets across IT networks in order to minimise risk, increase productivity and enhance innovation,” Sutor added.