Here in the western hemisphere, the 11.11.11 date could be a new horror movie in the movie theaters’ or an once in a century lucky date, but it was also the date for a new interesting press release by IBM to combat the horrors of mobile security. :-)
IBM Unveils Mobile Security Service to Protect Sensitive Corporate Data
I believe this is the same Juniper solution that AT&T plans to white label and resell as announced in August 2011..:
AT&T Invests in Mobile Device Security Platform
So what exactly is this Juniper Networks solution that the global IT company and an US mobile operator has chosen to resell and support?
Juniper Junos Pulse Product information (first available in Q2 2010)
“Junos Pulse is an endpoint software platform which provides dynamic SSL VPN connectivity, network access control (NAC), security, and application acceleration through a simplified user experience. It removes the complexity from network connectivity, and delivers optimal connectivity to end users depending on their device, location, identity and access control policies.
- Identity-enables remote or mobile network access, network security, and application acceleration, increasing visibility and manageability. It allows secure access to network resources based on user identity and role.
- Reduces the cost and time associated with deployment.
- Uses industry and open standards-based Trusted Network Connect (TNC) specifications.
- Serves as a platform for integration of select third-party, best-in-class network and device security and connectivity applications.
- Delivers a value-added services platform for service providers.”
Pulse Mobile Security Suite
- Mobile endpoint firewall
- Loss and theft prevention
- Mobile device management, monitoring and control
- iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Symbian
Details on the MDM related support are highlighted in this datasheet and which platforms have the features listed above.
Appears to be heavily iOS focused with all the basic iOS support found in other products, but I know Google announced support for Juniper in the 4.0 announcement last month.
All in all pretty decent, and if they continue to add features perhaps could come up to par with some of the MDM solutions available today. Most of those also lack many of the secuirty features Pulse provides on some platforms. I did find an older brief review here.
Heck some Juniper employees even wrote a book about it, Mobile Device Security For Dummies, that might be a good read to get up to speed on things.
Juniper states that the Junos Pulse Mobile Security Suite is a cloud based SaaS offering, but I was unable to quickly find more information how this is exactly setup. There is a Gateway component which acts as the admin console. I assume this is something a customer or managed service provide can host and run..
Mobile Security Opportunities
Not surprisingly there is a huge growing market for more mature mobile device security products and solutions. Currently some of the MDM vendors play into this space, and I think will continue to spur competition among them to provide more and more features on the gaps they all have.
Just how big this potential market is, is an estimate at this time. But Juniper Research (not affiliated with Juniper Networks!) provided an estimate in June 2011 of $3.7B by 2016. Enterprise and business users could account for almost 69% of the market. Currently less than 1 in 20 smartphones and tablets have third party security software installed in them. Mobile security products will enter the mainstream by late 2013, crossing $1 billion 277 million mobile devices will have some kind of protection installed by 2016
Other highlights from the report: