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Cymphonix Releases Mobile Device Security Module
- By Dian Schaffhauser
A company that sells a network security appliance has released a new application specifically to help its customers manage the security of mobile devices accessing the network as well. Cymphonix, which produces the Network Composer EX appliance for centrally scanning and controlling network traffic, recently came out with the Cymphonix Mobile Client.
The network administrator can use the new program to integrate mobile users and devices into existing reporting and policy management groups maintained in Composer EX. As policy changes are made on the appliance, the new policies will be applied to traffic coming from mobile systems; likewise, the Web traffic from mobile devices will show up in reporting.
When users access the Internet on their mobile device, Mobile Client uses location awareness to determine if the device is on or off network. If outside, the program inspects the Web requests and verifies with Network Composer whether or not the site should be blocked or allowed based on the user's current policy.
The application can be used to create policies that apply to all users or individual users and groups in the institution.
The company also sells Network Conductor EC, an appliance line that performs centralized management and reporting in sites with multiple Composer EX installations.
Cymphonix products have been used at Garden City Community College in Kansas and Bridgerland Applied Technology College in Logan, UT.
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @schaffhauser.