McAfee to Launch Extended Mobiel Security Platform

McAfee is preparing to launch new security packages aimed at the mobile handset and tablet spaces.

The company said that it would be changing the licencing format for its vendor and service provider partners to bundle the WaveSecure and VirusScan packages as a single offering.

In combining the platforms, the move could allow partner companies to offer end users and enterprises a security bundle that includes malware scanning and blocking as well as tools to remotely manage, locate, block and wipe lost or stolen handsets.

Later this year, the company plans to extend the program to the enterprise space with the Business Ready platform. The package will bundle the Mobile Security platform with McAfee's Enterprise Mobility Management administration tool.

The new platforms are part of an effort to protect devices amidst growing use of consumer devices in enterprise environments, a phenomenon known as 'consumerisation,' that many in the security industry believe will bring major risks.

"The proliferation of mobile devices has really determined the need for protection that can span beyond the consumer to the enterprise," said McAfee senior vice president and general manager of small business, consumer and mobile security Todd Gebhart.

"Our goal is to help our partners differentiate their device or their service, make it easier for our consumer customers to bring their device to work when they're ready, but rest assured that their own data is protected, and enable our business customers to offer guidance to their end-users."

Around the same time that the Business Ready platform is set to launch, McAfee hopes to release a port of the WaveSecure platform for tablet devices running the Google Android operating system.

Like the mobile version of WaveSecure, the tablet tool will allow users to remotely locate, lock and restore lost or stolen devices.

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