Symantec's DLP product does require installation of an iPad app that redirects all HTTP- and HTTPS-based traffic (email from any account, cloud storage, Web, app-based FTP, and -- top of mind for IT these days -- iCloud) leaving the iPad to the enterprise's DLP server, essentially forcing it to go through the DLP server as a proxy server before heading out to its intended destination. That also means that data sent from any Internet-connected location is filtered, such as at employees' homes or hotels.
Data transferred directly to a computer over a wireless LAN, such as at home, using an "air-sharing app" is not filtered; that and local syncing via iTunes remain as potential data leakage avenues. Symantec says those who use HTTP or HTTPS should be filtered by its DLP tool, but those using other protocols would not.
If the shipping app works as promised, employees won't be restricted to using just certain apps -- unlike other data protection approaches on or coming to the market -- so IT can assure that sensitive data is not being inappropriately shared.
When pressed, Symantec's product marketing vice president Robert Hamilton confirmed the product should also work with iPhones and iPod Touches, as they use the same iOS as the iPad. For now, Symantec plans to guarantee and support only iPad usage, which Hamilton says is where enterprise customers claim they're concerned. An Android version is planned for some time in 2012.
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