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New GuardianEdge Smartphone Protection Solution Secures Apple(R) iPhone(TM)Latest Version of "Always-on" Smartphone Protection Enables Cross-Platform Mobility Management; Enhances Device and Data Security; Provides Security Management for iPhone (March 17, 2009)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/17/09 -- GuardianEdge, the leader in endpoint data protection, today announced the availability of the latest version of its GuardianEdge Smartphone Protection solution. New, cutting-edge product functionality combines support for the Apple® iPhone(TM) with additional security for Windows Mobile® and Palm OS® devices. Smartphones have become critical to day-to-day enterprise operations. However, if these devices are not protected they can pose a serious risk to confidential corporate information. To address this risk, the new GuardianEdge Smartphone Protection product enforces crucial "always-on" data protection.
While Smartphones serve as an extension of the enterprise IT infrastructure, they can turn from asset to risk as soon as they leave the building. According to a 2008 GuardianEdge-sponsored survey conducted by independent research firm Decipher, 70 percent of consumer respondents accessed what they deem to be sensitive information on their Smartphone device when away from the office. The newly released version of GuardianEdge Smartphone Protection allows employees to safely use their mobile devices for the remote access of information without the risk of losing sensitive, legally protected data, compromising key intellectual property, putting devices at risk of malware attacks, or being out of compliance with industry regulations such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Payment Card Industry (PCI) Standard, Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and others.
"Smartphones are a double-edged sword for any organization. They serve as vital business tools, and at the same time represent a big risk for potential threats or data loss," said Steven Cabler, network administrator, North Oaks Health System. "Let's face it -- Smartphones are here to stay and are becoming more prevalent in the workplace. As a forward-thinking organization committed to endpoint data protection, we took a proactive stance on the issue and deployed the GuardianEdge Smartphone Protection solution to reduce the risk of a mobile data breach. This ensures secure enterprise mobility and preserves valuable productivity, which is critical in an economic timeframe when most organizations are doing more with potentially fewer employees."
The newly released GuardianEdge Smartphone Protection solution allows security administrators to specify the types of data to be encrypted, ensuring that critical information is protected while allowing users' personal data to remain easily accessible. Additional encryption improvements provide for the recovery of encrypted data by an authorized user or administrator in the event that user passwords are forgotten. New device security capabilities enable trusted applications to run and access encrypted data -- while preventing untrusted applications from being installed or used. In addition, new reporting capabilities make it easy to administer security across Windows Mobile, Palm OS and iPhone devices by providing consolidated reporting on device status and the compliance posture of all monitored devices.
GuardianEdge Smartphone Protection also adds security management support for the iPhone. Device management for the iPhone can be completed through a single console, making it easy to manage authentication policies, including user passwords, password complexity and strength. Enterprises are able to "wipe" the devices if they are lost, stolen or undergo numerous failed logon attempts. They can also verify the compliance of each device before it is allowed to access mail services through Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync(TM). Microsoft Active Directory® integration allows organizations to set additional security polices for iPhone users based upon their specific Active Directory groups. Together, with the extensive security and device management capabilities for Smartphones, GuardianEdge Smartphone Protection provides a complete solution for managing multi-platform mobile device security throughout the organization.
"Smartphone protection is a necessity for any organization with company-issued and personal mobile devices that access confidential corporate data. If the correct technology is not deployed, the potential for a destructive mobile data breach is significant," said Ram Krishnan, senior vice president of products and marketing at GuardianEdge. "Our GuardianEdge Smartphone Protection product enforces 'always-on' data protection and addresses the most pressing enterprise mobile security needs including device support, integrated management, compliance and more. With more than 13 million iPhones sold, integrated device support for GuardianEdge Smartphone Protection was the next logical step in our technology innovation."
GuardianEdge addresses the full spectrum of endpoint data protection needs for the enterprise. For more information on how GuardianEdge products reduce the risk of losing unprotected data on enterprise endpoints, including the GuardianEdge Smartphone Protection solution, please click here.
GuardianEdge, the leader in endpoint data protection for the enterprise, offers award-winning solutions to protect sensitive data on end-user devices including laptops, desktops, portable storage devices and Smartphones. GuardianEdge products offer a breadth of encryption, port, device and file type control technologies while establishing a market-leading position in solving the operational issues of deployment, management, scalability, reporting, auditing and user productivity at the lowest possible total cost. Millions of users worldwide depend on the EAL4 certified, enterprise-software standards-based GuardianEdge Data Protection Platform to safeguard confidential or proprietary information, to ensure compliance with regulations for maintaining consumer privacy and to enable secure enterprise mobility.
GuardianEdge data protection solutions have been deployed by leading organizations including Lockheed Martin Corporation, Lincoln Financial Group, and The Hertz Corporation as well as numerous government agencies including the U.S. departments of Veteran Affairs, Defense, Energy, State and Education and the California Department of Healthcare Services. For additional information, please visit: www.guardianedge.com.
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