From the Security Experts

February 09, 2012

Lancope's StealthWatch Offers Security for BYOD Environments

By SIP Trunking Report Contributor

Lancope, Inc recently announced that its StealthWatch System will now offer detailed network visibility to mobile devices for the security of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) environments. Issues cropping up from any device on the network can be identified without supplementary software or using expensive probes, with the economically viable StealthWatch.

In a press release, Joe Yeager, Director of Product Management at Lancope said, "Mobile users often circumvent corporate security policies and safeguards, and it is too cumbersome – and often impossible – to install and manage security software on every new device. With 75 percent of companies allowing employee-owned mobile devices to be used at work, now is the time for organizations to adopt a solution like StealthWatch that leverages existing infrastructure to deliver seamless security monitoring for any device that enters the network."

The use of conventional threat detection methods like probe devices, antivirus and IDS/IPS within a BYOD environment is not only expensive but also unsuccessful. StealthWatch dramatically improves network troubleshooting and risk posture for uninterrupted visibility by using NetFlow and other flow data inbuilt in network infrastructure.

Any uncharacteristic behavior on the network including users' personal smartphones, tablets or laptops can be detected and alerted by StealthWatch using its refined behavioral analysis. External attacks like botnets, worms or sophisticated unrelenting threats along with internal hazards like network abuse, policy breaches, and information leakage can be discovered effortlessly by enterprises irrespective of the type of the device.

"Beginning this year, mobile devices will exceed PCs in both shipments and spending. Meanwhile, Gartner has predicted that 90 percent of companies will allow corporate applications on personal devices by 2014. While conventional defenses are losing their efficacy amidst this rapidly-evolving environment, StealthWatch is filling in the gaps and providing the situational awareness needed to maintain high levels of security and performance in light of IT consumerization and BYOD,” said Yeager.

Lancope has also scheduled a free webinar on mobile security, which will take place towards the later part of February.

Carolyn John is a Contributor to TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please columnist page.

Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli