This week in the world of enterprise information management, Symantec takes on BOYD with the provision of new security features for mobile devices, RSA takes a deep look at GRC across business, Kroll Ontrack upgrades Verve, and LockPath lands US$ 6 million funding.

Symantec and BYOD

Symantec has just announced a couple of new releases that are designed to enable enterprises to support a Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) program. While many companies have said that they would like to be able to support such programs, most are concerned about the security risks.

To help foster BOYD, Symantec has announced significant mobile portfolio updates to enable secure mobile email deployments, mobile application initiatives, as well as BYOD programs. The updates include:

  • New Symantec Mobile Security for Android: Offers application analysis and threat detection technology to enterprise Android deployments.
  • Symantec Mobile Management: Secure email for Android devices with NitroDesk TouchDown
  • Symantec Mobile Management: Provides native enterprise-grade management for Windows 7 Phone platform, complementing existing support for Android and iOS
  • Nukona App Center from Symantec: Protects data on iOS devices with certified encryption
  • Symantec PGP Viewer for Android: Extends email encryption from the PGP Universal Server to Android devices

According to Symantec the focus on Android security comes from enterprise demand for better support for Android-based BOYD.

A a recent Symantec survey showed that 59 percent of enterprises are now making line-of-business applications accessible from mobile devices. Increased efficiency, increased workplace effectiveness and reduced time required to accomplish tasks are just a few of the reasons cited for the move.

With many mobile workers using their own devices whether they are allowed to or not, enterprises are looking for ways to cover their backs. Symantec is offering just that with these upgrades.

RSA GRC Insights

From RSA this week we have the findings from the RSA Archer GRC Executive Forum it hosted recently, where governance, risk and compliance (GRC) directors from 34 major corporations discussed enterprise risk management strategies and best practices.

While many themes were discussed over the course of the meeting, one of the more interesting conclusions to emerge is that corporate boards of directors are taking note of GRC demands and are now looking for greater visibility into the risks that could negatively impact their organizations.

We note this in particular because there is anecdotal evidence from IT departments to suggest that enterprise leaders are very slow to consider spending on GRC.

This study, though, would seem to contradict that. It also shows that corporate boards are also looking for assurances they're basing risk decisions on trusted information -- risk assessments validated by several different sources in the organization.

Key findings include:

  • Risk management is becoming a concern for the boards of enterprises not just IT departments
  • Aligning business goals and GRC practices is now a top priority
  • Enterprises are looking for software that gives a wider and bigger view of risks.
  • Many enterprises are looking at investing in unifying all their GRC processes
  • GRC program owners say they are under pressure to show the value of GRC programs

If some of these look contradictory, then that’s probably because they are. But that’s the nature of GRC at the moment -- no one seems to be able to agree about it. If you want more on this, check it out here.

Kroll Ontrack Enhances Verve

Also this week, e-Discovery vendor Kroll Ontrack announced the availability of Verve 1.2 which provides users with better usability, faster results and more control over their projects through enhanced data transfer and processing management, and greater visibility into the e-Discovery process.

Verve is Kroll’s SaaS Do-it-Yourself electronic discovery solution and is scalable. New features of Verve 1.2 include:

  • Enhanced data transfer functionality
  • Easy load file import
  • Transparent budget management through a new account usage summary report

Kroll says Verve also offers new reports and functionality wizards as well as an increase in the speed of the entire e-Discovery process.

LockPath Lands US$6 million

Finally this week, LockPath continues to grow. The GRC vendor has been making steady progress over recent times and looks set to continue that with a US$ 6 million series B financing round.

LockPath said it will put this latest investment toward the continued development of its GRC platform, and specifically to offer better levels of scalability and usability.

It also looks like it’s looking at growing the company itself as the money will also be used “to support aggressive recruiting” as well as grow the company’s partner channels. More on this as it happens.