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AT&T Partners with McAfee on Mobile Device Management & Security

AT&T has partnered with McAfee to offer

AT&T has partnered with McAfee to offer McAfee’s Enterprise Mobility Management (McAfee® EMM™) software to AT&T customers.

AT&T LogoMcAfee LogoExpanding its portfolio of mobile device management solutions, the new solution allows businesses and organizations to offer employees their choice of mobile devices across multiple operating systems, while delivering secure and scalable access to corporate applications.

According to the results of a recent survey released by Sybase, 90 percent of U.S. and UK IT managers said they are planning to implement new mobile applications this year, with half saying that successfully managing mobile applications tops their priority list. That study also revealed that 21 percent plan introduce 20 or more mobile applications into their organization in 2011. With the volume of corporate data being held on and accessed on mobile devices, securing these mobile devices is becoming a top priority for information security teams. 

With the McAfee EMM solution, enterprises can help their mobile workforces comply with regulatory requirements, and help to manage corporate and personal liability risks. This helps businesses manage compliance issues which have become increasingly pressing due to the proliferation of smartphones and tablets in workplaces.

Related: Mobile & Smart Device Security Survey – Concern Grows as Vulnerable Devices Proliferate

The web-based console enables centralized management and provides visibility into various mobile assets in the enterprise. The integration with McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator® platform makes it easy for administrators to plug mobile devices into their company’s security infrastructure. This allows them to enable, help secure, control, and report on mobile devices as they would any other endpoint, including a laptop, desktop, or server. Additionally, the solution will help IT administrators monitor and prevent unauthorized mobile devices from accessing their corporate network, protecting critical IT assets and ensuring compliance with their company’s policies.

Consumerization of IT has created a number of challenges for businesses,” said Todd Gebhart, executive vice president and general manager, Consumer, Mobile, and Small Business at McAfee. “A lot of employees don’t realize the risk of bringing their personal devices into an office setting. Security on consumer-owned technology tends to be limited – and so people who use these unprotected devices for work can inadvertently reveal proprietary corporate information or put their organization’s IT assets at risk. The McAfee Enterprise Mobility Management solution combats this problem by allowing workers to continue to use their smartphones or tablets with added security and protection for their companies.”

Technical Reading: Designing Security for Newly Networked Devices

In May 2010 AT&T and McAfee announced a partnership in which AT&T would offer a Secure E-mail Gateway Service powered by McAfee, adding e-mail security and message management by scanning messages before they enter an organization’s network and helps monitor and act on all outbound e-mail containing content that could violate data loss prevention policies.

In October 2010, AT&T announced it would offer “AT&T Encrypted Mobile Voice,” a carrier-provided two-factor encryption service, which provides high-level security features for calls on the AT&T wireless network. The service is targeted at government agencies, law enforcement organizations, financial services institutions and international businesses.

AT&T’s Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions group collaborates with product teams across hosting, application management and unified communications to help mobilize applications for business customers, developers and independent software providers.

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