Kaseya releases secure BYOD management platform

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Kaseya releases secure BYOD management platform

Driven by the increasing need to secure corporate information and devices in the bring-your-own-device era, Kaseya rolled out the Kaseya BYOD Suite, an enterprise-class platform for corporate mobile device management.

The Kaseya BYOD Suite, which the Switzerland-based company announced Tuesday, uses a containerised approach that allows users to access content in a safe and secure way, said Jonathan Foulke, vice president of mobile at Kaseya.

"The previous world of using corporate-level devices is now being challenged because people don't want IT to use their device, and IT doesn't want random user devices on the network," said Foulke.

"Our new product addresses common business needs around secure internet, documents and email access, allowing our channel partners to rapidly deploy this solution around secure enterprise mobility."

Kaseya's ANZ managing director, Dermot McCann, said: "BYOD is impacting businesses across a range of industry sectors, and Managed Service Providers are having to broaden their level of services to meet the user demands of an increasingly mobile workforce. Our channel partners are keen to embrace our new offering, and deliver BYOD management services to their customers. We're already seeing solid demand for the technology among current and new reseller partners.

"Unlike other BYOD products on the market, the Kaseya BYOD suite eliminates the need for cumbersome VPN connections, and its ease of deployment and administration has been our most significant feedback from resellers."

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Kaseya in July acquired Rover Apps, a software maker specialising in mobile device management for BYOD users, and is now leveraging its technology in the Kaseya BYOD Suite, which is now compliant with the Kaseya's branding and back-end licensing systems, said Loren Jarrett, chief marketing officer at Kaseya.

Rover Apps was one of three key acquisitions the company made this year. Earlier in July, Kaseya acquired IT monitoring and managed services provider Zyrion, as well as 365 Command, a Microsoft Office 365 solution for managed services providers and IT organisations, in October.

"[Rover Apps] rounds out the three product areas we acquired since this summer because we see the market that our customers are addressing rapidly," said Jarrett. "Employees want to bring their own devices so we see the complexity of what our customers are trying to do, and to address these new challenges around mobility and cloud infrastructure, the acquisition helped us to lead into new areas."

According to Foulke, the BYOD Suite will provide secure encryption for internet web access, emails and documents before they are handed off to a networking stack between mobile and servers. Documents can be created, copied, deleted, moved between different sources and edited, said Foulke.

"The containers and solution as a whole essentially manages, so you can set policy to prevent data loss and to ensure that only authorised users are accessing it," said Foulke. "Everything we save on the device is encrypted, so even if we are not able to issue a wipe on this device, it doesn't matter because the data is always encrypted. We designed this solution to assume that in a BYOD environment there is no guarantees, and we want to always be proactive with security."

While BYOD is a hard element to contain for small and medium-sized business, Kaseya BYOD Suite gives SMBs a tool that helps them control data access, said Steve Lawson, principal consultant for Bulletproof IT.

"BYOD control will just be part of our Kaseya suite, and our techs will not have to go into another window to manage devices," said Lawson. "It is [about] being able to offer enterprise-level tools to small and medium businesses."

Managed service providers, as well as large and mid-market enterprises, can also benefit from the ease of use that the Kaseya BYOD Suite provides through its automated administration and simple deployment tools, said Fouke.

"[MSPs] will benefit as an expanding business opportunity and increase the profitability of this solution because they don't have to spend as much administrative and deployment effort," said Foulke. "It's easy to administer this product in [terms of] what it takes to configure and sustain over time. Therefore it drives the profitability for MSPs because they don't have to spend resources to administer because it's so highly automated."

This article originally appeared at crn.com

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