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Almost half of Malaysian organisations find mobile computing 'extremely challenging'

AvantiKumar | July 26, 2012
To help meet these challenges, Symantec Malaysia announces mobile portfolio updates, which include Android and iOS productivity capabilities.

Alex Ong, Country Director, Symantec Malaysia

PHOTO - Alex Ong, Country Director, Symantec Malaysia.

According to security solutions provider Symantec's 2012 State of Mobility study, almost half the organisations surveyed in Malaysia (44 percent) find mobile computing 'extremely challenging.' To help address such challenges, Symantec has announced new advancements to its mobile protection solutions portfolio, which includes productivity features for Android and iOS devices.

Speaking on 24 July 2012, Symantec Malaysia country director, Alex Ong, said: "We have observed the use of mobile devices and mobile applications increasing within enterprises of all sectors in Malaysia and many are formulating their own BYOD [bring-your-own-device] programmes."

"This creates a unique set of challenges that must be addressed in order to ensure sensitive information accessed, stored and transmitted is properly protected," said Ong. "These challenges have left many organisations under enormous pressure to develop a comprehensive approach to mobility that realises business, financial, and operational benefits while still protecting the organisation from security, legal, and compliance risks."

"In fact, 30 percent of IT staff is involved in some way with mobile computing, said the study," he said. "They reported that their top priorities are reducing the cost and complexity of managing mobile computing, supporting as many of the devices employees want to use as possible, and security."

Ong said that when it came to rolling out mobile technology, enterprises were 'being thrown into the fire.' "Many organisations struggle to manage the risks associated with these devices, transitioning them from simply consumer devices on the enterprise network to properly managed and protected endpoints."

"With the increasing number of mobile subscribers in Malaysia and with more people using their personal devices for business, organisations are looking for capabilities to manage the influx of mobile devices and deal with the evolving nature of mobile applications and data," said Ong.

The Symantec 2012 State of Mobility global survey included 6,275 organisations-from small businesses to large enterprises-across 43 countries.

 New capabilities

"According to Symantec's State of Mobility Survey, 67 percent of companies are concerned with malware attacks spreading from mobile devices to internal networks," said Ong. "In addition, Symantec's latest Internet Security Threat Report highlighted that mobile vulnerabilities increased by 93 percent in 2011 and that threats targeting the Android operating system are on the rise."

He said the new updates include:

- Symantec Mobile Security for Android with application analysis and threat detection technology for enterprise Android deployments.

- Symantec Mobile Management for Configuration Manager, marking the complete integration of technology from the Odyssey Software acquisition.

"This suite includes a secure e-mail solution for Android devices with NitroDesk TouchDown integration, native enterprise-grade management for Windows 7 Phone platform, complementing existing support for Android and iOS, also Nukona App Center from Symantec now protects data on iOS devices with FIPS 140-2 [federal information processing standard] certified encryption as well as a Symantec PGP [pretty good privacy] Viewer for Android [now extends e-mail encryption from the popular PGP Universal Server to Android devices]," said Ong.


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