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AT&T and Juniper to develop mobile security platform

by Steve Ragan - Aug 12 2011, 13:00

On Thursday, AT&T said they have teamed with Juniper Networks to develop a mobile security platform for both businesses and consumers. The partnership will create a portfolio of services offered over the next several years.

The first offering from the partnership between Juniper and AT&T will be the AT&T Mobile Security Application. Expected later this year, and based on Juniper’s Junos Pulse, the application will offer several layers of protection depending on what side of the AT&T network a person is on.

For consumers, the application will offer anti-Malware protections, as well as application monitoring and control.

“Mobile security is the 'next frontier' for our continued effort to mitigate cyber-threats and to help protect our customers' information…we'll be able to deliver new security capabilities to provide peace of mind to companies and consumers alike,” said Ed Amoroso, chief security officer, AT&T.

Businesses will get anti-Malware protection too, as well as the ability to manage personal or organization-owned devices, security policy enforcement, and a measure of control over compliance, depending on the organization’s needs.

"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," said Christine Liebert, senior analyst for Security Services at 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.”

In related news, Sprint and McAfee have reached a deal promoting McAfee Mobile Security and McAfee Family Protection - Android Editions to users. According to the Sprint / McAfee release, customers can use Sprint Zone to download the apps. Otherwise, users can head to the Android Market.

McAfee Mobile Security software is available as a seven-day trial and can be purchased as a 12-month subscription for $29.99; McAfee Family Protection Android Edition is available as a 30-day trial and can be purchased as a 12-month subscription for $19.99.

Pricing for the AT&T / Juniper offering was not available.

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