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July 17, 2013

Accellion revs mobile management

Hoping to capitalise on the BYOD trend

By Jason Stamper

Mobile device management firm Accelion announced an update to its technology that it hopes will help it capitalise on the bring your own device (BYOD) trend.

The key features it’s added are secure remote wipe, whitelisted mobile apps and strengthened IT admin controls. Together it said the updates should help organisations enhance the security of business-sensitive information, while complying with industry data security regulations.

The Accellion enhanced remote wipe feature gives administrators device-level management not previously offered by a mobile productivity solution, to further ensure the security of an organisation’s data, the firm said. In a useful move, if a device is lost or stolen the secure wipe will only delete corporate data, not the user’s personal data. That means if the phone is subsequently found the user won’t have lost personal information or device settings.

The second scenario is if an employee leaves the company an IT admin can wipe data at the individual level, which is essential if the user shared a machine with other employees.

"The massive proliferation of consumer devices including smartphones and tablet computers is driving the trend of IT consumerisation within the enterprise, which has serious and immediate implications for IT risk management," said Jon Oltsik, senior principal analyst, ESG. "CISOs can’t delay; they need detailed security strategies for mobile use in the enterprise that include acceptable use policies, mobile device and content management, and security controls."

There’s also whitelisted apps, customizable user profiles and native anti-virus integration. The company also added multi-LDAP support, data loss prevention (DLP) integration with companies like Symantec, RSA and Websense, and finally FIPS 140-2 (government-grade security software) certification.

"More than 75 percent of the workforce will be mobile by the end of 2013, and Accellion is dedicated to improving the way employees and IT admins alike secure their organization’s mobile data," said Vidhya Ranganathan, senior vice president of engineering, Accellion.

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