Android handsets could have boosted security and data protection standards via a new mobile device platform being unveiled at the CTIA show in San Diego today (11 October).
3LM, a subsidiary of Motorola Mobility Holdings, has unveiled an enterprise server console which aims to ‘give security-conscious IT departments the required Android support and data protection needed to mobilise their business’.
The company says it has worked with the major handset manufacturers to enable devices to be enterprise-ready and address demand for enhanced security and data management. This will include device encryption, SD card encryption, remote wipe ability, device location tracking, password enforcements and secure remote access amongst other options.
The platform’s release follows a year of testing with enterprise customers across multiple vertical markets including government, healthcare, retail and education.
3LM CEO Tom Moss said: ‘We’re introducing a new generation of corporate mobility security and management capabilities to the Android landscape – delivering a unique architecture that enables the most security-conscious IT administrators to empower users to bring their Android devices into the workplace and have these devices access and manipulate corporate data.’
According to software company G Data’s Malware Report on current threats for Internet users and PCs, Android devices are now being targeted as they continue to grow in popularity. Cyber criminals are increasingly using these mobile devices to spread malware code and the number of smartphones and tablets suffering from mobile malware has increased by 273% in the first half of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010.
3LM’s parent firm Motorola Mobility Holdings was bought by Google for £7.6bn in August with a promise to advance the Android platform and innovate and deliver mobility solutions across its mobile devices and home businesses to break new ground for the Android ecosystem.