SMobile Systems Security Shield v8.2.2
Strengths: Support for all device platforms.
Weaknesses: No encryption included in product; on the pricey side.
Verdict: Very nice, full-featured offering; support for most portable devices.
SummaryThe Security Shield Enterprise Edition v8.2.2 from SMobile Systems provides anti-malware and anti-spam protection, a firewall, remote lock and wipe, backup and restore, GPS tracking and a centralized web-based console that gives the IT administrator the ability to fully manage all devices within the enterprise.
Security Shield Enterprise Edition with Policy Management enables an enterprise to control the applications allowed to run on their employee's mobile device. The administrator may block or authorize applications according to a pre-defined policy and can identify and classify every piece of software running on the device.
We loaded the .cab file app onto our Windows Mobile smartphone. The centralized management console was provided as a hosted app. Once we loaded the software on the phone, we ran through a registration process. We then accessed the management console and our portable device was ready to manage. The first thing we noticed is that this was the first platform we reviewed that supported all portable device OS options.
We could set up firewall policy and create profiles based on defined policies. We could block or allow various applications using the application revocation rule. There was a pointguard policy for blocking unwanted phone numbers from accessing the portable device.
A whole handful of default commands can be selected to send to a single phone or any number of selected phones.
Several default reports are available for various alerts and monitoring activity, such as device stats, virus scan results and GPS tracking information. No alerting was available based on certain events.
Support is available on an eight hours a day/five days a week basis via email or phone. No upgraded support options were available. The documentation was light, yet appropriate, since the application load was very easy and the hosted management interface was easy to navigate, as well as intuitive.
This is a nice solution providing support for all the various portable phone devices your mobile workforce may possess.