ATandT Invests in Mobile Device Security Platform for SMBs

By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2011-08-11 Email Print this article Print


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AT&T has executed an agreement with Juniper Networks to deliver security capability and additional services based on the platform in the future.

Recognizing the need to protect consumer and enterprise mobile devices from the increasing number of cyber attacks, network operator AT&T is investing in a mobile security platform for small to medium-size businesses (SMBs) designed to allow customers to better protect their devices against security threats.

AT&T has executed an agreement with Juniper Networks to deliver this security capability and additional services based on the platform in the future. This new agreement is part of AT&T’s mobile security strategy to manage and protect smartphones and customer information. AT&T’s strategy – which is distinguished from other approaches to mobile security – is to provide a security solution that will integrate wireline and wireless security policies for consumer, enterprise and government customers.

The first phase of the platform – the AT&T Mobile Security application – is expected to be available later this year and is based on the Juniper Networks Junos Pulse solution. Ed Amoroso, chief security officer at AT&T said mobile security is the 'next frontier’ for their continued effort to mitigate cyber-threats and to help protect customer information, and noted with the help of Juniper Networks and the power of AT&T Labs and the AT&T Mobility Security Research Center behind them, they’ll be able to deliver new security capabilities to provide peace of mind to companies and consumers alike.

"Enterprises drive employee productivity by anytime access to network resources, but the implications of data loss and malware proliferation creates real concerns for enterprise IT security. AT&T’s vision and approach to mobile security is the right one at the right time", said Christine Liebert, senior analyst for security services at IT analytics firm IDC. "AT&T is offering enterprises the ability to remotely remove or encrypt data on mobile devices and to have this function centrally administered. This should help businesses control what type of data can be downloaded to a smartphone or tablet, one of the biggest enterprise security risks."

"We are proud to work with AT&T to help them protect their most important asset, their customers," said Mark Bauhaus, executive vice president and general manager of the device and network services business group at Juniper Networks. "Teaming with AT&T to bring this unique and comprehensive mobile security solution to market will enable a vast number of consumers and enterprises to have state-of-art security features in their mobile life and be better protected from malicious threats."



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