Juniper unveils smartphone security suite

Juniper Networks has launched an over-the-top smartphone security solution that enables cellcos to monetize services such as data back-up and parental controls.
The Junos Pulse Mobile Security Suite, unveiled yesterday, builds on the company’s existing SSL VPN solution, which enables secure access to corporate LANs via smartphones.
Features in the new solution include anti-virus, personal firewall, monitoring and control services, anti-spam, and loss and theft prevention, as well as remote back-up and restore, and the ability to track devices that are lost or stolen using GPS.
“This is the first time anyone has offered this level of depth across all threat vectors in the mobile space, and across the three key vulnerability points: devices, the network and apps,” said Mark Bauhaus.
The solution works across most major OS platforms, including Android, BlackBerry, Symbian and Windows Mobile, and will be compatible with Apple’s iOS during 1H11.
Companies can acquire licenses for 50 people through to 25,000, David Noguer Bau, head of carrier Ethernet and multiplay marketing told Telecoms
Noguer said the growing use of smartphones in the enterprise space has led to demand for an all-in-one security service that takes the pressure off IT departments to “control security,” across multiple devices.
Although the firm won’t sell direct to consumers, Noguer says there are benefits beyond enterprise. Parents, for example, will be able to control the content their children access or give out over their mobile phone, he notes.
Bauhaus says the mobile security offering can enable mobile operators to monetize security solutions to consumers, including virus protection, remote back-up and parental control solutions, more easily because the security platform is an over-the-top solution that doesn’t require any extra network reconfigurations apart from enabling billing capabilities in the backend.
BT Global Services and AT&T were unveiled as the first carriers to adopt Juniper’s mobile security platform, and Noguer said IBM has also deployed its security suite.