Technology designed to simplify process of securing employee-owned mobile devices
MONTRÉAL, March 6, 2012 /CNW/ - Digital Locksmiths and Orange Business Services IT&[email protected] today announced the launch of SMART Security Agent, an application designed to simplify the process of securing the wide array of mobile devices accessing corporate networks.
With user owned mobile devices (Bring Your Own Device) commonly logging on to corporate networks, it is becoming increasingly difficult for companies to safeguard the security of both the devices being used and the networks they are accessing.
"With our customers increasingly adopting mobile solutions in their operations, it is critical that security is integrated into device communications," said Yves Laurin, sales director for Orange's IT&[email protected] in Canada. "SMART Security Agent will enable us to seamlessly deliver mobile security with all of our customer solutions."
Mobile device access is monitored at the Digital Locksmiths Data Centre in Montréal, giving companies the ability to screen device security profiles in real time and mitigate any threats to both the network and the device. SMART Security Agent is controlled by a proprietary encryption algorithm that generates a unique ID, which certifies and validates the user, the device, and the communication technology being used.
"With hundreds of thousands of applications available for personal mobile devices, each potentially introducing security problems, it is paramount that companies are able to secure any device accessing the corporate network without constraining an individual's use of the same device for personal use," said Wadih Elie Tannous, CEO of Digital Locksmiths. "SMART Security Agent does this."
For example, when a user logs in at work, depending on corporate security policy, personal applications like Facebook or hardware capabilities (like the on-board camera or storage device) could be automatically locked down by SMART Security Agent. When the individual leaves work and accesses the device for personal use, the applications are automatically turned back on.
"Orange's goal is to simplify mobile security for its customers, giving them the ability to control network access in a straightforward and holistic manner," Laurin said.
SMART Security Agent can detect the existence of a corporate WiFi network and set the device's security profile automatically; if an employee tries to access the network under another setting (Home, Public) SMART Security Agent will tell the user to switch over to their work profile to access the network.
SMART Security Agent will be available in April to select Orange customers. The general release Android platform will be available in May, followed by the Windows platform in June, and the Apple and Blackberry platforms in early 2013.
Digital Locksmiths is headquartered in Montréal, Canada and provides security services in North America and emerging markets worldwide. The team works with government and private sector companies, especially those in health care, to aid in the implementation of state-of-the-art security technologies to combat risks to integrity, trustworthiness, and availability of critical data and systems. As a leader in security services, we believe strongly that safeguarding these entities adds another level of resilience to digital networks and information gathering systems, and is in keeping with our holistic approach to information security.
France Telecom-Orange is one of the world's leading telecommunications operators with 172,000 employees worldwide, including 105,000 employees in France, and sales of 45.3 billion euros in 2011. Present in 35 countries, the Group had a customer base of 226 million customers on 31 December 2011, including 147 million customers under the Orange brand, the Group's single brand for internet, television and mobile services in the majority of countries where the company operates. On 31 December 2011, the Group had 167 million mobile customers and 14 million broadband internet (ADSL, fibre) customers worldwide. Orange is one of the main European operators for mobile and broadband internet services and, under the brand Orange Business Services, is one of the world leaders in providing telecommunication services to multinational companies.
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