Taking the position of protecting data, irrespective of device or location, Cryptzone has released a free app that means workers can use their smartphones and tablets to securely access documents and enterprise web based applications without the risk of data loss, even if the device is personally owned.
Cryptzone’s Mobile Access Protect (MAP) reduces risk and simplifies compliance management by providing organisations with the ability to give users of mobile devices a protected and secured view of sensitive corporate content, whether residing on the network, in SharePoint or in the Cloud.
A security enhanced mobile browser, the company said MAP allows users access based on dynamically generated rules. It ‘firewalls’ the data to prevent data leakage, disables all APIs from running and prevents users from copying or moving data to other insecure apps.
Jamie Bodley-Scott, product manager for Secure Access at Cryptzone explains to IT Security Guru, “Whether organisations like it or not, they have to introduce effective mobile collaboration practices that embrace the benefits offered from BYOD. The challenge is to do this in a secure way that is both practical for IT departments and users. We believe the answer is to protect the data, not the device. That is the core principle behind Mobile Access Protect.”
As all documents, data and web-based applications delivered via the MAP app are never physically stored on the device, and all data is deleted at logout, Cryptzone believes this stance reduces the risks associated with BYOD. Even if the device is lost or stolen, because viewed information is never cached, there is no risk to enterprise data.
MAP works in conjunction with Cryptzone’s AppGate Security Server, which is recognised for its advanced access control capabilities designed to protect enterprise data and applications. Incorporating detailed reporting and audit logging capabilities, visibility and control of mobile/BYOD risks are simplified helping support the overall enterprise access strategy. The company argues that, as administrators control configuration and user access permissions centrally, makes this a secure, easy-to-manage solution even when handling employee-owned devices.
MAP is currently available free from the iOS App Store for iPhones and iPads, with an Android version expected to ship later this month.