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Summary

Security vendor Avast has acquired Remotium, a new and disruptive supplier of mobile protection technology. The Remotium Virtual Mobile Platform (VMP) enables organizations to extend secure access to business-critical applications in "bring your own device" (BYOD) environments while keeping business information safe and away from the devices involved. The acquisition allows Avast to expand its security coverage to enterprise.

BYOD is a fact of enterprise life, but MDM and effective data protection provision is hard

In today's mobile enterprise environments, employees and business associates want to work in a way that is simple, seamless, and safe. Organizations need mobile device management (MDM) solutions that can provide both operational efficiency and a performance edge over their competitors. However, IT support continues to have concerns about device management, data protection, and the security implications of dealing with hundreds – if not thousands – of devices they do not own, but are responsible for when things go wrong.

The Remotium VMP solution delivers an approach to MDM and data protection that moves many of the personal and business conflicts away from the devices involved. Its virtualization strategy means that no corporate data is held on these mobile devices. Therefore, if they are lost or stolen, or if users sever relationships with an organization, there is no scramble to wipe company-sensitive information.

VMP's virtualization provides native, mobile client support for iOS 6 and Android 4.0 onward, running Android apps and iOS lookalikes from the home server. It offers familiar mobile touch controls, and the product's streaming protocols claim minimal latency and a near-native user experience. A central application- and device-management console provides access controls and policies that monitor and manage how and from where users can access corporate resources. It is responsible for app updates, security patches, and associated support facilities.

Avast is known for its consumer endpoint and mobile protection solutions. It does have business users, but these are mainly smaller SMEs. With Remotium, and its road map for the VMP product, Avast now has a genuine opportunity to address the enterprise market.

Appendix

Further reading

On the Radar: Pulse Secure - Secure access management for corporate and personal endpoints on company networks, IT0022-000431 (July 2015)

On The Radar: Bluebox Security – Securing mobile application data, IT0021-000050 (January 2015)

Author

Andrew Kellett, Principal Analyst, Infrastructure Solutions

andrew.kellett@ovum.com

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