Symantec buys mobile app management firm
Plans to hoover up BYOD bucks
Symantec has bought privately held mobile application management firm Nukona. Terms of the deal, announced Tuesday, were undisclosed.
The purchase, along with the earlier acquisition of mobile device management firm Odyssey Software, will allow Symantec to develop and market products that support the growing trend of allowing workers to bring their own devices to work.
Nukona’s technology offers the ability to natively protect and control iOS, Android and HTML5 apps. The software offers the ability to "protect and isolate corporate data and applications across both corporate owned and personally owned devices", according to Symantec. ®
Plenty of enterprise security managers we've spoken to think that while synchronising calendaring and (preferably over a VPN) email access to smartphones is all fine and dandy, the idea of allowing anyone and everyone to bring tablets or home computers into worker is bonkers. But once senior execs start wanted to access corporate resources using their iPads, such concerns become secondary.
Mobile devices at work are required...
Oftentimes, the IT infrastructure at work is so poor and crippled by insane policy that a mobile gadget can get the job done twenty time faster.
Well, that should cut reliability and battery life right in half . . .
"will allow Symantec to develop and market products that support the growing trend of allowing workers to bring their own devices to work."
Considering the number of social networking junkies out there, are these people actually going to get any work done, or spend all day telling their 102,678 'friends' what they had for lunch or what the hot girl sitting opposite them is wearing today!?!?
Maybe private firms will clamp down on workers spending all day on their mobile device. Councils (ie. a repository for uneducated morons who can't be sacked once they're in however inept and useless they are) will just get even less productive.