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Mobile device management grows amidst data protection worries

Demand for intelligent mobile device management (MDM) solutions in South Africa is increasing steadily as companies strive to empower their mobile ambitions more strategically and securely.
Securicom, a managed IT security services vendor, has seen an impressive 20% month-on-month growth in sales and adoption of its cloud-based MDM service, which is made available to companies in Africa through a select channel partner network.

"We expect interest in the service to keep growing as mobile threats continue to increase and become more aggressive. With increasing regulation around data protection, companies that allow their employees to use mobile devices for work purposes are more concerned about mobile security, and about protecting information shared and stored on devices," says Elna du Plessis, channel manager at Securicom.

Securicom's MDM solution is enjoying significant uptake across sub Saharan Africa, with a growth of over 20% month-on-month. This is expected to increase following the recent launch of the service through established channel partners in Botswana and Namibia.

Securicom's MDM service, the only true multi-tenant MDM service that currently exists, incorporates the best-of-breed XenMobile MDM technology which is the only end-to-end, enterprise-grade mobile device management solution available. It boasts advanced security features and comprehensive tools for managing mobile devices across an enterprise, supporting every major smart mobile device platform including iOS, Android, Blackberry, Symbian and Windows Mobile.

The solution allows companies to quickly and easily meet the mobile device security and compliance requirements for "bring your own" and corporate liable devices while giving users the freedom to experience work and life their way. Employees can use any device they choose, while companies can ensure mobile device security and corporate compliance with role-based controls.

According to du Plessis, the value of the solution lies in its robust security capabilities and the ease of deployment.

"This solution offers the quickest path to productivity with the lowest cost of ownership. Companies can get up and running with MDM within 24 hours. No other MDM solution offers the level of security, control, and flexibility provided by the XenMobile platform. It is the ideal service to assist companies with addressing the mobile security blind spot," she concludes.