IBM Announces Mobile Security Service for Corporate Data

IBM is offering a new service intended to help businesses secure the exploding number of mobile devices with access to corporate data. The IBM Hosted Mobile Device Security Management service is intended to help organizations protect against data loss and other risks caused by device theft, unauthorized access, malware, spyware, and inappropriate applications. The service will be delivered over the cloud.

The service targets the security risks associated with the increasing number of employee-owned and corporate-liable mobile devices accessing sensitive business data. "The BYOD [Bring Your Own Device] trend creates real opportunity for employees to become more productive, but it also carries risk unless it is managed properly," says Marisa Viveros, vice president of IBM Security Services. "Our service helps organizations protect their enterprise data while allowing employees to have the flexibility needed for today's work environment."

Capabilities in the new mobile device security management service include configuring employee devices to comply with security policies and actively monitoring to help ensure compliance over time, and securing data in the event that a device is lost or stolen.

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