Good security tools now support Verizon Android phones

Verizon says security, management tool set is upgraded to support its network specifications

Verizon Wireless today announced that Android smartphones using its network can now use Good Technology's security and management software.

Good announced last December that its security and management software could run on for Android devices, but Verizon said today that only now does it meet Verizon's network specifications.

Verizon is not selling the Good Technology software, a Verizon spokeswoman said.

In March, Good announced 1,000 enterprises were using Good's security and management software for iPhones and Android phones, and that its software client could be downloaded to Android phones via the Android Market. However, Verizon did not support the full range of Good capabilities at the time.

Good requires an enterprise server and client access licenses, and enterprises must contact Good for pricing and terms.

Good's package of mobile software has been promoted as a way of adding the security tools that many IT shops already run on BlackBerry Enterprise Servers to secure Research in Motion BlackBerry devices.

The Sybase Afaria tool set, now a part of SAP's product line, is also considered a major provider of mobile security and management middleware.

The Good for Enterprise--Android offering includes Good Mobile Control software for security and device management. The software provides users with over-the-air encryption of data, remote passwords and remote wipe of enterprise data in the event a device is lost or stolen. The service also includes Good Mobile Messaging for delivery of mobile e-mail, calendar and contact information.

Verizon sells a number of Android devices, including Motorola's Droid, Droid 2 and Droid X smartphones as well as the Droid Incredible and Droid Eris from HTC and the LG Ally and Samsung Fascinate.

Read more about smartphones in Computerworld's Smartphones Topic Center.

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Matt Hamblen

Computerworld (US)

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