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BYOD Cues Focus Shift from Device Management To User Management


Written by  Ritu Saxena | 10 January 2013
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sophosSophos a leading provider of award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions to protect enterprises against complex threats and data loss, has combined its MDM Solution Sophos Mobile Control and Sophos Endpoint to give birth to Sophos EndUser Protection, a solution that take care of the Mobility Management challenges arising out of BYOD adoption by the enterprises, their employees, partners and associates.

With Sophos EndUser Protection you get endpoint security, mobile device management, web protection, protection for your data and email, and more—all in a single license.

  • The solution focuses on End User management rather than device management. It ensures complete endpoint, mobile, web, and data security licensed by the user, irrespective of the number of devices used by them.
  • The solution is independent of the devices used by a user, from PC’s to tablets to smart-phones. From desktop OS’s like Windows, Mac to mobile OS’s like iOS, Android, Windows Phone.
  • The solution combines data control, encryption, mobile device control, and device and application control, so that end users can securely store and share data.
  • Simplified security management tools for the IT department to simply set up protection and fix problems fast.

The latest developments happening in the Enterprise Mobility Management domain clearly indicate that in the wake of BYOD there is a focus shift from Device Management to User Management. User Management based solutions are coming from companies who have a payload of experience in providing overall security solutions for enterprises. Another notable BYOD focused mobility management solution comes from SecureAuth in the form of SecureAuth IdP. The implementation of each solution may be different but the goal is the same to tackle BYOD related mobility management primarily via End Point Management, additional features are also a part of the offering which makes mobility management simpler.

But one thing is for sure that to take care of the challenges arising out of BYOD only MDM is not sufficient. We need solutions that consolidate Device management, Application Management, Information Management and of late Identity Management. While Device Management, Application Management and Information Management solutions have existed for some time now, lot of Identity Management Solutions are shaping up to realize the true worth of BYOD without compromising on the security.  Not only tools vendors even the Mobile OS’s have realised the importance of BYOD and have been improvising on the BYOD support provided by the mobile platforms.

Ritu Saxena

Ritu Saxena

Ritu is the technical brain behind the website and comes from a strong development background across Web and Mobile platforms. She is our senior editor primarily responsible for Product Reviews and in future will be leading Start-Ups, Mobile and Quality areas.

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