American technology company, IBM
, has announced the expansion of its global footprint by delivering mobile-security-as-a-service via the IBM Cloud
. IBM states that it will help clients address local data protection standards for mobile business by deploying MaaS360 services
across global Cloud Data Centers in Asia, North America, Europe, and South America. The company will also offer data privacy consulting services as well as mobile strategy, design and deployment consultants as clients look to scale mobile strategies globally.
According to Big Blue, IBM cloud already operates across 47 data centers in 26 countries. This makes it possible for deploying MaaS360 to offer flexibility to address localized data privacy needs. Currently MaaS360 operates in North America, Germany and Singapore, now the company is planning to take it to eight more countries along with India and France.
How does MaaS360 work?
IBM claims that MaaS360 helps clients simplify mobile device management by providing the tools needed to monitor and manage mobile devices. The new IBM mobile security cloud services help enterprises manage local data requirements as they deploy mobile devices and data management policies globally via the IBM Cloud.
Jim Brennan, Director, Strategy and Offering Management, Endpoint Management and Security, IBM Security
said, “With today’s expansion of our mobile security and management capabilities within the IBM Cloud, we’ve built a formidable platform for global clients to embrace mobile locally and globally.”
“With more than five million devices under management for over 10,000 clients, MaaS360 has proven its ability to scale for clients of all sizes. Clients now will be able to bring even greater mobile flexibility to their employees.”
Handling corporate mobile data
The company states that increasing mobile adoption data regulations and requirements create complex business scenarios as the requirements for handling mobile data varies across regions. One such example is the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) adopted by the European Union, which is expected to be applicable as of May 2018.
To handle this, the company claims that it will offer IBM Privacy Consulting Services
around GDPR, which are designed to evaluate all aspects of enterprise data privacy environment against new regulatory requirements. IBM Privacy Consulting Services will provide a GDPR readiness assessment that will provide a maturity model and a next steps roadmap to enhance future planning around regulatory frameworks.
Along with consultation, IBM also announced that it would aid customers to build their mobility programs, including mobile security and productivity workshops, success services, health check services and training workshops. Post which, IBM mobility experts will perform a full assessment of customers’ technology environment to design a mobility strategy. By using IBM MaaS360 Quick Start Services, organizations will be able to deploy a mobility management program based on best practices.
For managing corporate identities, the Big Blue has also announced the integration of MaaS360 with IBM Cloud Security Enforcer. With this, enterprises can monitor the use of non-approved corporate apps across mobile devices. Additional security checks based on the integrity and safety of apps being used by employees are conducted leveraging the ongoing security research from IBM X-Force which is its global threat intelligence network.