Novell is not oblivious to the fact that mobile devices need to be secured and managed: The company has (had?) an offering called Zenworks Handheld Management designed to "help you to standardize, deploy, and manage software and device configurations across your entire organization." Though perhaps Novell no longer offers that product, as according to the tech spec sheet on the Novell site, it supports Palm OS 3.5 and later; Windows CE 2.11 and later; and BlackBerry 6000-, 7000-, and 8000-series devices, along with some older RIM models.
Fortunately, though, while Novell and other purveyors of endpoint security tools lag in terms of support users of iPhone, Android, and other popular mobile platform, vendors of mobile-specific management tools have stepped in.
Good Technology, for example, released iPhone and Android clients late last year, bringing BlackBerry levels of security to the platforms. Good also supports Windows Mobile, Symbian, and Palm OS and devices from all major manufacturers, including Apple, HTC, Motorola, Nokia, Palm, and Samsung. MobileIron, Sybase, Zenprise, and others support many of these as well.
Still, IT is left with two panes of glass to manage: one for desktops and one for mobile devices.
Meanwhile, Juniper Networks has an offering aimed at securing smartphones called Junos Pulse Mobile Security Suite. The suite, released last October, includes antivirus, personal firewall, antispam, loss and theft prevention, and monitoring and control services for all the major mobile platforms. Moreover, according to Juniper, the suite equips admins with the ability to grant smartphone users secure access to corporate networks and sensitive applications and data.
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