The rise of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) system in companies all over the world set some new standards in corporate environments. Employees increasingly manage their business documents from tablets and smartphones and the fact that a lot of business information now circulates through mobile devices resulted in an increasing necessity for a new level of data protection and control.
Mobile devices enable a constant access to necessary documents, but they still have some inherent limitations. Storage space, processing power and bandwidth are usually considered a bad side of smartphones and tablets, but cloud computing apps can solve most of these problems. Storing apps on remote servers helps improving device performance. However, the security of mobile devices remains a major concern.
Encryption by AuthenTec
To confront the problem of security, AuthenTec recently launched the first military grade encryption for Android devices. Their new MatrixDAR for Android is intended to provide stable security level for Android devices without slowing them down or in any other way damaging their performance. MatrixDAR meets the standards of FIPS 140 certification and allows adding strong encryption to device and to all the removable media files such as flash drive or SD card. The system prevents unauthorized access to the documents on a device, thus reducing the risk they get stolen or lost.
The system is particularly developed for the people who use their Android devices on their workplace and aims at providing necessary security standard in BYOD. Reaching this level of security on a mobile device means better opportunities for the companies that consider BYOD an efficient and productive work system and for employees that work remotely.
AuthenTec and Apple
AuthenTec is a leading provider of mobile and network security offering a wide variety of services to companies that want to improve this aspect of their work. The company exists for several years and has been cooperating with a large number of companies. Few weeks ago they announced that they have been acquired by Apple for $356 million. This was a good move for Apple as their devices become increasingly dominant in new business BYOD ecosystem. When Android was used only for fun and games, security hasn’t been such a big issue for Apple. However, as its iPads and iPhones started spreading across workspaces, security became a burning issue and this is probably the main reason why Apple decided to adopt a mobile security company.
The news about such developments in mobile security are very important. This is the era when our virtual lives expand and become more dominant, while our online accounts generally become less secure. With the expansion of cloud computing services, more of our personal and business data end up online and the necessities for a good encryption increase. Many IT pros and enthusiasts realize the importance of a high security level when it comes to our virtual lives and any improvement in this field is very welcome.