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Mocana Releases Data-at-Rest and VPN Offering for Android 4.0

Latest Enchancements Help Developers Make Android Devices More Secure and More Enterprise-ready.

Mocana, a vendor that centers itself on smart device security, announced on Wednesday that it has released two products updates aimed at helping developers secure devices running Android 4.x “Ice Cream Sandwich”. One product protects data-at-rest (DAR), while the other offers a stable VPN client for remote connections from Android devices.

MocanaThe smartphone and tablet consumer markets have rapidly embraced Android, and increasingly enterprises are looking to leverage Android's features, functionality, and user experience, too. So for handset and tablet manufacturers, advanced security features are quickly becoming non-negotiable feature requirements, especially if they hope to sell these devices into corporate environments.

Android 4.x, Ice Cream Sandwich, isn’t as widely deployed as other OS versions, but it is coming to a device near you, and soon. In order to get ahead of the market, Mocana has released a DAR solution, which will enable developers to create sophisticated encryption that goes far beyond typical stock offerings, including removable media such as SD cards. The DAR development package is FIPS 140-2 Level 1 compliant, which means that companies wanting to get on the Pentagon’s bandwagon for Android adoption have something to offer.

In addition to DAR, Mocana also released a VPN client for Android, which features a simple GUI and OEM integration. The client has been certified by the VPNC and supports the latest IPSec/IKE RFCs and X.509 certificate-based authentication with optional certificate life cycle management using Mocana's NanoCert offering.

“The Android hardware market is brutally competitive," said Kurt Stammberger, VP of Market Development at Mocana. "These upgrades to our Velo product line will help our customers differentiate their Android devices from the competition, because their devices will be demonstrably safer, more secure and more enterprise-ready than the rest. Mocana is bringing the mobile security expertise that we’ve developed for the military, smart grid, industrial and medical device markets and bringing that experience to bear for today’s mobile enterprise.”

In October 2011, Mocana launched "Mobile App Protection”, a software solution designed to help enterprises manage and secure mobile devices and apps on their networks. Mobile App Protection”, or MAP, complements existing mobile device management (MDM) solutions that may be in place, but goes beyond app sandboxes, SDKs, containers, and hypervisor technologies that other mobile solutions typically utilize. 

You can read more about VeloDAR and VeloVPN on Mocana's website.  

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Steve Ragan is a security reporter and contributor for SecurityWeek. Prior to joining the journalism world in 2005, he spent 15 years as a freelance IT contractor focused on endpoint security and security training.