Absolute® Software Corporation, a Vancouver-based provider of firmware-embedded, persistent endpoint security and management solutions, announced today the release of Absolute Manage 6.1 which includes expanded “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) support for ultra-portable devices, including laptops.
With the release of Absolute Manage 6.1, the BYOD tasks required to enroll employees and their devices onto the corporate network have been automated for IT. Rather than dealing with each device on an employee-by-employee basis, IT can rely on an automated workflow to guide the employee through the enrolment process. This includes the presentation of a legal agreement the employee must accept in order to enroll their device, providing IT with the right to perform actions on the device in the event of a security incident or if the device status is non-compliant.
Absolute Manage 6.1 provides additional capabilities for ultra-portable devices including enhanced Mobile Application Management with the installation / removal of apps silently or by policy so that apps are installed or removed automatically based on device status and/or the user’s role within the organization. Other new mobile device capabilities include automated IT commands based on predefined conditions including turning off roaming, demoting a device to unmanaged status, alerting IT, and sending a message to the user.
“Given the rapid growth of tablets and smartphones in the workplace, BYOD is the biggest challenge facing IT organizations today,” states John Livingston, Chairman and CEO of Absolute Software. “Absolute Manage helps IT overcome this challenge by delivering a solution to manage the security risks associated with employee-owned devices accessing corporate networks and data.”
Along with the new, automated workflow, Absolute Software has created a BYOD Policy Implementation Guide that provides a thoughtful yet succinct process broken down into three basic steps so that organizations can easily build and launch their own BYOD policy.
“With Absolute Manage we have complete control and visibility over all of our devices. From a single console, we can securely manage all our devices, regardless of form factor or platform”, states Manuel Miseré head of IT for Serviceplan. “Absolute Manage provides a rich feature set for securely managing the PCs, Macs, and iOS devices within our deployment from around the globe. We are well prepared for our upcoming BYOD strategy with it.”
In addition, Absolute Manage 6.1 includes new features for PC and Mac support, including cross-platform remote control and detailed encryption status reporting to help organizations stay on-side with security regulations. It also brings Android support to parity with iOS, and is an example of our commitment to providing full cross platform support of all relevant platforms, for both corporate owned and individual devices.
Absolute Manage 6.1 is available today. For more information and to download the BYOD Policy Implementation Guide visit Absolute’s BYOD page.