Don't Panic! Samsung, Sybase Working To Make Enterprises Less Paranoid About Android
Samsung has enlisted Sybase to make its popular Android-based Galaxy smartphones, including the just-announced Galaxy S II, much more secure and manageable.
Marvin Was Right: it's not paranoia for IT managers and CIOs to worry whether the smartphones and tablets in their enterprise pose massive security risks. Most do, especially ones running one of the recently-popular consumer-oriented platforms.
I'm looking at you, Google. While the version 3.0 Honeycomb of Android offers a handful of improvements aimed at enterprise IT, they are a) restricted to tablets for now; b) still inadequate.
Besides beauty and brains, the Samsung Galaxy S2 will be safe as a Swiss bank account due to Afaria.
Sybase Afaria Advanced Enterprise Security will let IT managers encrypt these Samsung phones, remotely lock and wipe them, enforce strong passwords, manage and deliver apps and features (i.e. Wi-Fi, camera) on the devices, configure Exchange e-mail and more. All of this security and policy-setting can conveniently be done over-the-air through the Wi-Fi or 3G network.
Afaria will be available on Samsung devices by the first half of 2011. For IT managers overseeing Android devices from other makers, Afaria continues to get improvements that make it perhaps the most full-fledged suite for managing Android devices on the market today.