This week in the GRC space, Symantec upgrades its offerings for mobile security, EMC announced that it is moving into the security space, Agiliance adds new connectors, SAS offers Big Data access using Hadoop and Centrix upgrades workspace.

Symantec Upgrades Mobile Security

Symantec has announced significant advances in core areas of its enterprise mobility strategy across Android, iOS and Windows Phone 7 platforms.

It says the advances help customers secure mobile data and enable business productivity across both corporate managed and personally owned unmanaged devices by providing cross-platform, multi-application protection. Key highlights include:

  • New Symantec Mobile Management for Microsoft System Center
  • Configuration Manager (SCCM)
  • Enhanced native mobile device management for Android and Windows Phone 7

Symantec's modular enterprise mobility platform will allow these services to be delivered via on-premise and SaaS models, as part of existing security and management solutions, to drive operational efficiencies and lower total-cost-of-ownership, Symantec says.

EMC Consulting, Security

Meanwhile, one of the announcements at RSA 2012 Conference recently that should be of interest to enterprises is that EMC's consulting division is stepping into the security arena with five new risk management advisory services to help customers secure their data while meeting various regulatory and compliance requirements.

EMC Consulting is to provide end-to-end services designed to handle compliance requirements while considering each organization's unique set of business needs.The new security managed advisory services will be delivered as part of the EMC Consulting portfolio.

EMC’s five new solutions include:

  • Information Governance Advisory Services: Will give EMC customers a central platform to manage its information.
  • Fraud and Identity Management Advisory Services: Provide EMC solutions with enough security to deny access to unauthorized users
  • Trusted Cloud Advisory Services: Helps customers develop their next-generation IT infrastructure
  • Mobile Device Security Advisory Services: EMC will advise its customers on how to extend current enterprise security policies and control to mobile devices
  • Governance, Risk, and Compliance Advisory Services: Outlines business risks to first identify and then mitigate those risks.

Agiliance Adds Connectors

Meanwhile, GRC vendor Agiliance this week announced the addition of BMC BladeLogic, Microsoft SCCM, HP Fortify and Symantec DLP Connectors to its portfolio.

Combining a broad range of heterogeneous security tools with Agiliance RiskVision's capabilities offers a near real-time business view of the security posture across enterprises large, heterogeneous IT infrastructures and aids in orchestrating security actions based on security, risk and compliance information.

SAS, Hadoop

SAS, meanwhile, has increased access to critical data sources with Hadoop support in its updated SAS Enterprise Data Integration Server.

Hadoop joins more than three dozen supported data sources in SAS Enterprise Data Integration Server, including Oracle, DB2, SQL Server, Teradata including Teradata Aster, Sybase, Netezza, EMC Greenplum and MySQL.

Sponsored by the Apache Software Foundation, Hadoop is an open source Java-based framework for processing large data sets in a distributed computing environment. SAS integrates with the Apache Hadoop distribution.

SAS, Hadoop and data warehouse infrastructure Hive match will analyze large data sets, simplifying the most common big data analysis and analytic use cases, SAS says.

Not strictly GRC, but anything that provides insights into vast amounts of enterprise information has to help resolve compliance and governance issues in the enterprise.

Centrix Upgrades Workspace

Finally, Centrix has announced a new release of Centrix WorkSpace Universal, a workspace delivery platform that provides unified access to applications, desktops and content from any device and any location.

Part of the Centrix WorkSpace suite, Centrix WorkSpace Universal 5.3 provides a platform for unifying application service delivery in private cloud and hybrid computing environments.

The release of WorkSpace Universal 5.3 brings new features for supporting the compliant use of SaaS applications and dynamic application provisioning in private cloud environments.