The recent onslaught of Android (News - Alert) SMS viruses—including Gazon, Selfmite, and Heart App—have left mobile device users in financial sectors a bit anxious for better and safer networks for their employees. From Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Good Technology (News - Alert) and CellTrust bring us a new secure SMS, messaging, and Voice solution called CellTrust SecureLine for Good.
As with every industry in the modern age, the financial sector is feeling the gravity of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Movement, and for good reason. For years, technology has been about consolidating information and communication to make peoples’ lives easier at home and in the workplace.
And yet, security threats have forced professionals across the spectrum of corporate industries to stack up on company devices. In addition to increasing the demands on your belt—which now has to support pants with a smartphone in each pocket—BYOD forces corporations to shell out thousands of extra dollars every year for devices. Not only is the system counter-intuitive from a technological standpoint, but it’s terribly cost-inefficient.
The solution, as illustrated by Good and CellTrust (News - Alert) at MWC, is to create safer network solutions. In place of two physical devices, why not have two metaphysical networks capable of connecting to a single device?—one for home, one for work. The idea itself isn’t entirely new, just extraordinarily imperfect in its current execution. CellTrust SecureLine for Good seeks to improve it by providing employees with greater potential for keeping best of both worlds; work and home, on a single portal. It achieves this by keeping sensitive company data that is transferred electronically encrypted and secure on a streamlined mobile platform for SMS, messaging and voice.
"Moving from a purely corporate liable mobile strategy to a mixed mobile strategy represents significant potential cost savings and requires secure, flexible and viable solution like CellTrust SecureLine for Good to protect and archive corporate mobile device communication," said Sean Moshir (News - Alert), CEO and Chairman of CellTrust.
These days, you’ll find few arguments opposed to BYOD, barring security, of course. Laptops, tablets, smartphones, and even wearable technology—it’s only a matter of time before we see it integrated more into the workplace—essentially double their efficiency by becoming a platform for the different aspects of life.
CellTrust SecureLine for Good isn’t necessarily the end-all solution for integration of uses for mobile devices; however, it is a concrete step, one might even say “leap,” in terms of improved mobile communications security. Mobile devices let us do business on-the-go, to complete tasks quickly and most importantly, to multitask. In a perfect world, we don’t need two multitasking devices in order to, well, multitask.
We obviously don’t live in a perfect world. But we’re getting there, or at least trying to, and CellTrust SecureLine for Good is a step in the right direction.
Dominick Sorrentino is an editor for TMC (News - Alert) and its technology and communications properties.
Edited by Maurice Nagle