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#MWC15: Hypori Launches DoD-developed BYOD Security for Android

Employee expectations for their use of mobile devices in the enterprise are very high, with users expecting the same functionality, data access, ease of use and privacy they experience in their personal lives. But in a bring-your-own device (BYOD) world, safeguarding corporate data and systems from personal devices is difficult, and that’s especially true with Android devices given the fragmentation of the Android ecosystem.

Looking to address some of the issues, Hypori has unveiled its Android Cloud Environment (ACE), a virtual mobile infrastructure platform that has been co-developed with the US Department of Defense (DoD).

ACE is meant to shield enterprises from the risks of BYOD by separating the physical mobile device from applications and “data of concern.” The platform is a thin client solution built on Android infrastructure that provides remote access to virtual mobile devices running in a private, public or hybrid cloud.

 “Organizations of all sizes and in all sectors understand the potential benefits of BYOD, but security, compliance and privacy continue to be a major concern,” said Justin Marston, CEO of Hypori, in a statement. “The Hypori ACE platform was developed to shield enterprises from the risks of BYOD by eliminating data at-rest, and the inherent conflict between personal and business personas.”

It offers a separate OS running in the cloud and defense in depth architecture, and complies with the US Teleworking Enhancement Act, HIPAA and Asian banking regulations. For IT, there’s no need to proactively manage the employee’s device; it’s just another mobile app to the end user.

The firm also said that replacing an enterprise-owned physical mobile device with an enterprise-owned virtual mobile device costs approximately 80% less.

BYOD security continues to be a focus for enterprises, and no wonder: nearly half of IT executives in a recent survey from Check Point said that BYOD-related security incidents cost their organizations over $250,000.

Nearly all (91%) said BYOD had increased, with 56% claiming they managed business data on employee-owned devices—up significantly from a figure of 37% last year.

Almost half (42%) said that security incidents related to the use of mobile devices had cost their organization in excess of $250,000 to remediate.

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