IBM expands MobileFirst initiative to protect iOS enterprise apps

Tech giant IBM is rolling out enhanced enterprise security software, in the shape of IBM AppScan Source 8.7 for iOS, helping keep Apple apps and devices safe.

This is another indication that IBM, expanding on its MobileFirst initiative, is strengthening its mobile plays, having made 10 acquisitions in the mobile realm since 2006.

Part of the software’s appeal, according to IBM, is that it can automatically identify the path of data in an application, how it enters and leaves.

The problem of data leakage is an important one, be it through security breaches or lost devices. Research from Sophos back in October showed that over a third of survey respondents admitted to losing a device in a public device – in other words, potentially huge amounts of data going to waste.

Jonathan Dale, of enterprise mobility management provider Fiberlink, told Enterprise AppsTech in November that a selective wipe of the data – a popular tool with MDM vendors – was better than a full wipe because companies “really only care about the corporate information, corporate applications and the data associated with those apps”.

CIOs as a result need to feel secure that their data isn’t going anywhere it shouldn’t be. As a result, IBM notes that AppScan Source 8.7 deals with security early, reducing costs for developers in the long run.

From the dev side, various programming languages are covered, with AppScan Source 8.7 fluent in JavaScript, Objective-C and Java – the latter two part of the top three languages according to TIOBE. It also supports 40,000 mobile security APIs, after an analysis of the iOS SDK.

Caleb Barlow, IBM director of application data and mobile security, said of the release: ”This showcases IBM’s execution in our strategy to help clients incorporate security into their infrastructure and solutions from the design, development and testing phases rather than leaving security to become an afterthought.”

With iDevices becoming more and more popular in the enterprise, this seems like a sensible move. But can CIOs now sleep easy at night?

 

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