McAfee buys into mobile security


Security systems specialist McAfee has acquired enterprise mobility management and security software provider Trust Digital as it looks to expand in the mobile security market.

Trust Digital is a technology provider of enterprise mobility management and security software targeting Global 2000 companies, and is deployed by a growing number of businesses to deliver mission critical data to the point of service using Apple iPhones and iPads, McAfee said. IT organisations use Trust Digital to secure, deploy and centrally manage smartphones, as well as a new generation of business applications and services. Trust Digital’s enterprise mobility management system for smartphones provides a web services platform to manage and secure smartphones and mobile tablet devices regardless of device manufacturer.

McAfee expects Trust Digital’s strong foothold in the mobile security market to extend its endpoint market, addressing a wide range of mobile operating systems including iPhone OS, Android, Web OS, Windows Mobile and Symbian.

Following the completion of the acquisition at the end of June, McAfee expects to couple Trust Digital’s enterprise mobility management solution with McAfee’s endpoint protection capabilities to deliver what it calls “the industry’s first comprehensive mobile security solution”. Customers will benefit from centralised management and reporting of integrated technologies through the McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator console.

“The acquisition of Trust Digital’s industry-leading enterprise mobility management solutions will extend the current McAfee security portfolio beyond the traditional endpoint, addressing the rapidly expanding mobile security market,” said McAfee president and chief executive Dave DeWalt.

“Once completed, Trust Digital’s industry leading enterprise mobility management solutions combined with leading McAfee antivirus, anti-spyware, host intrusion prevention, policy auditing and firewall technologies, will enable McAfee to address the mobile workforce by mitigating the risks associated with vulnerable or malicious mobile applications downloaded by employees. Through this acquisition, we believe McAfee can expand its reach into new markets, secure new platforms and strengthen its leadership position.”

Trust Digital chief executive Mark Shull said: “Business users are thrilled by the capabilities of iPhones, smartphones and tablets and are quickly adopting them as their handheld computers, but their IT counterparts must now find tools to effectively secure and manage them.

“The integration of Trust Digital with McAfee will enable enterprises to rapidly deploy new mobility devices such as smartphones across diverse mobile environments cost effectively and with the highest level of security. Together, we will enable IT to say yes to the iPhone and Android.”