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IBM brings enterprise mobile security-as-a-service to India

By Digital Edge Bureau, 15.09.2016, 17:24
 
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In the form of mobile security-as-a-Service, IBM adds one more service to its cloud-based MaaS360 services repertoire which is targeted at enterprises

In an interesting move, IBM has come out with plans for expanding the existing scope of its hugely successful cloud-based MaaS360— mobility management platform—by launching mobile security-as-a-service in many parts of the world. As of now, IBM MaaS360 services are available in North America, Germany and Singapore; however, the IT major intends to take it to France and India soon.
IBM Cloud, which operates across 47 data centers in 26 countries, now makes it possible for MaaS360 to offer greater flexibility in addressing clients’ localized data privacy needs. IBM will also offer data privacy consulting services as well as mobile strategy, design and deployment consultants as clients look to scale their mobile strategies globally. The IBM MaaS360 helps clients simplify mobile device management by providing the tools needed to monitor and manage mobile devices. The new IBM mobile security cloud services help enterprises manage local data requirements as they deploy mobile devices and data management policies globally via the IBM Cloud.
With mobile adoption on the rise, and expected to surpass the human population, data regulations and requirements create complex business scenarios. For example, requirements for handling mobile data vary by country and region, sometimes creating complex governance scenarios for corporate data moving across borders including the processing of personal data for remote access and storage. One recent example is the new general data protection regulation (GDPR) adopted by the European Union.
The formal launch of mobile security-as-a-service is a part of the endeavour of company’s geographical as well as services repertoire expansion plan around its IBM MaaS360 operations. “With today’s expansion of our mobile security and management capabilities within the IBM Cloud, we’ve built a formidable platform for global clients to embrace mobile locally and globally,” said Jim Brennan, Director of Strategy and Offering Management, Endpoint Management & Security, IBM Security. “With more than five million devices under management for over 10,000 clients, MaaS360 has proven its ability to scale for clients of all sizes. Clients now will be able to bring even greater mobile flexibility to their employees”, added Brennan. As part of these services, IBM mobility experts perform a full assessment of customers’ technology environment to design a mobility strategy. Also, using IBM MaaS360 Quick Start Services, organizations can deploy a mobility management program quickly based on best practices.
Customers can access MaaS360 in four new tiers to more closely align with the needs of maturing mobile security programs, including essentials for businesses looking for an entry-level mobile management solution all the way up to an enterprise offering which provides the ability to add thousands of users and conduct sophisticated analysis and threat management.
IBM is also announcing a new way for customers to manage corporate identities as users access cloud apps on their mobile devices via MaaS360. Through a new integration with IBM Cloud Security Enforcer, enterprises can monitor the use of non-approved corporate apps across mobile devices. Also, additional security checks based on the integrity and safety of apps being used by employees are conducted leveraging the ongoing security research from IBM X-Force, IBM’s global threat intelligence network.
Recently, an IDC research survey showed that 57 percent of organizations have already had security and compliance issues with mobile deployments. Due to the changing landscape of data privacy and the uncertain path that many organizations took to mobile security, current solutions often can seem fragmented or piecemeal.

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