VMware expands Mobile Security Alliance to include six new members

VMware is expanding the Mobile Security Alliance (MSA) with six new members coming on board to help organisations protect their information at the device, user, app, and data level.

The move, announced at VMworld Europe, sees Bay Dynamics, CipherCloud, Entrust Datacard Corporation, Gurucul, Intercede, and Kaymera join the alliance. The 10 current entrants are Appthority, Check Point, FireEye, Lookout, Palo Alto Networks, Pradeo, Proofpoint, Skycure, Veracode and Zimperium.

To give an idea about the breadth of security players, Bay Dynamics and Gurucul offer cyber risk analytics and predictive security analytics respectively, while Entrust Datacard provides a wide variety of identity solutions. Bay Dynamics VP channel sales Mike Saletta said in a statement that the company was “excited” to partner with VMware “to enable enterprises and government agencies to move to a pragmatic risk based model of cyber security.”

Back in 2015, this publication covered the launch of the alliance with AirWatch – not as subsumed in the VMware branding then as now – covering it through its Connect event. “What we think is fundamentally new and game changing is to allow AirWatch to be the platform that allows those whole host of security partners to take their best in class solutions and now tie that in to AirWatch in a flexible and simple manner,” said Noah Wasmer, VMware CTO end user computing at the time.

“Security attack vectors are growing as the number of endpoint platforms, apps, and user types steadily increase,” said Sumit Dhawan, senior vice president and GM, end user computing at VMware in a statement. “Organisations must adopt a new approach that is first and foremost powered by an inherently-secure infrastructure, and secondly includes a deeply integrated ecosystem to stitch together existing security silos, providing visibility across all users, apps, and devices.

“The Mobile Security Alliance provides customers with a way to manage and gain visibility across several of their security solutions from a single platform – VMware Workspace ONE,” added Dhawan.

Among the other announcements VMware has made on the first day of VMworld Europe was around a partnership with Vodafone to support the operator’s network functions virtualisation (NFV) rollout, as well as a new product launch in VMware vCloud NFV OpenStack.

This telco side, as well as the overall vision, was reiterated at the keynote this morning, where CEO Pat Gelsinger outlined the changing technological landscape (above). “Essentially, this is the strategy that we’ve been painting for the last five years or so,” he told attendees. “We’re seeing that the cloud world and the telco world are coming closer together than ever before, and our technologies are becoming intrinsic in the underlying networks of the service providers themselves.”

From the mainframe and client server days, Gelsinger added the pendulum had swung between centralised and decentralised computing – and the current wave is moving again in the latter direction. “Cloud has been a force to[wards] centralisation in the last decade,” added Gelsinger. “I believe that will continue for a number of years, but edge and IoT is a force of decentralisation where we see intelligence, data and services move towards the edge.”

You can read the full VMware MSA announcement here.

Picture credits: VMware/Screenshots

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