ATI Takes Data Loss Prevention Solution Mobile
Internet monitoring software vendor Awareness Technologies (ATI) has added a mobility function to its data loss prevention solution, enabling companies to monitor what employees are up to with their smartphones as well as their computers.
Interguard, which is delivered via a SaaS model, offers solution providers a data loss prevention solution that is suitable for companies of virtually any size, from as small as three seats to as large as 10,000 or more, said Ken Totura, ATI’s chief channel officer.
“The fact that it’s delivered as SaaS allows us through the channel to reach the SMB base,” he said. “Historically small companies did not have the ability or complexity to apply monitoring and data loss prevention.”
ATI is now expanding its reach to include monitoring of smartphones.
Users simply download an app to their smartphone to connect to the ATI service in the cloud. Companies then can monitor whether proprietary information is being e-mailed, texted or otherwise sent from the device via SMS functionality and, by the end of the year, DLP functionality.
“With the increased use of smartphones for business reasons, companies need to be sure their information is safe. This functionality will give them the transparency to see whether their workers are, say, texting sensitive customer information to their friends or whether someone in the HR department is stealing employee Social Security Numbers and e-mailing them to someone for profit,” Totura said.
The app is available immediately for Blackberry smartphones, and ATI plans support for Android, Microsoft Windows Mobile and iPhone devices down the road. Pricing is based on a per-machine model, regardless of whether the machine is a desktop, laptop or mobile device.
ATI is well on its way to making its presence known in the channel. Since its announcement last month that it hired Totura to leads its channel initiatives, the company has “uncloaked” itself to the channel and hopes to bring on more partners.
“We are building a more formal, more intuitive program and trying to adopt a friction-free selling model,” Totura said. “We have a pipeline of 45 strategic partners, many of whom are MSPs. We are actively recruiting partners, and so far, those we have targeted and are in discussions with are people we know. But we are actively working to recruit partners.”