The new update will combine SonicWall Mobile Connect 3.0 and SonicWall Secure Remote Access (SRA) series appliance 7.5. According to an article in eWeek, the platform will enable IT administrators to configure and enforce security policies with context-aware authentication, meaning that mobile devices can be scanned to detect potentially dangerous malware, device ID, OS versions and more before gaining access to the system. If the system detects that a device is potentially dangerous, it is denied access to the network and users are sent a notification.
"The Dell SonicWall secure mobile access solution provides best-in-class, context-aware authentication for both personal and company-owned devices to protect corporate networks and data from mobile threats," said Patrick Sweeney, executive director of Product Management for Dell Security Products, in a statement. "Our converged secure access gateway establishes and enforces granular access control policies for network resources, and further, provides mobile application management policies for our Mobile Connect app to enable secure intranet file browse and caching that protects the data."
Dell hopes its enhanced security app will help IT organizations to reduce the number of non-compliant devices which can gain access to enterprise networks in the first place, which will help to eliminate potential breaches in company security, the company noted.
The Mobile Connect app is available as a free download via the Apple Store, Google Play and the Kindle Store. It also will be embedded in Windows 8.1 tablets and laptops. Mac OSX users will have to wait until spring to utilize the free software. The appliance, meanwhile, is available through channel partners.
While SonicWall does seem to offer a lite version of many other MDM products on the market such as Samsung’s Knox 2.0 or Oracle’s Mobile Security Suite, neither have mentioned whether devices can be blocked on a contextual basis.