Australian businesses and governments got a new tool recently in the ongoing battle that is mobile security as Good Technology's Good for Enterprise got a new certification to Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 4 Augmented (EAL4+) standards. This certification gives Good for Enterprise quite a bit of new credibility in the market, as well as opening up the concept of sandboxing when it comes to providing mobile security functions.
Sandboxing, essentially, allows users to create a kind of virtual container system in which applications or files can be isolated and opened safely, regardless of what's contained within said files and applications. Sandboxes generally come with sets of resources under very tight control—some sandboxes include scratch space on disk and memory alike—and many will not allow any kind of network access at all, as well as pulling the ability to access input devices or inspect the larger host system. This allows a file or program to show its true colors, but to do so in a very specific environment where the results of said file or program can be quickly contained.
Good for Enterprise, meanwhile, offers its own set of security measures, built around an AES-192 bit encryption system that offers secure tunneling for data on every hop. The EAL4+ security report, meanwhile, offers a litany of horrors that Good for Enterprise can safely protect against, including data theft or tampering, eavesdropping, spoofing of the mobile identity, and several other threats that can be posed to a business' operations.
As for EAL4+ itself, such certification allows Good for Enterprise to be put to use in a variety of applications that require high security, and allowed Good for Enterprise to receive a listing on Australia's Defence Signals Directorate's Evaluated Products List. Good for Enterprise can be had in both iOS and Android flavors, and offers several other useful tools including a mobile client, a secure messaging exchange server, and even a level of mobile device management (MDM) tools.
Mobile security has taken on a whole new level of importance of late, owing mainly to the development of the bring your own device (BYOD) doctrine that allows employees of an organization to bring a mobile device or the like on which to do a normal day's work. While BYOD has some terrific opportunities for gain in the form of improved productivity, improved morale, and improved use in the concept of the mobile workforce, it's also posed its share of difficulty, especially in terms of security. Users using a device at work for work will likely take said device home and use it at home for play, a development that can pose substantial threats to work-related data contained on said system. But with a system like Good for Enterprise, threats to the overall system can be more rapidly spotted and addressed.
Good for Enterprise may not be every business' silver bullet solution, but having sandboxing tools around is one sound way to offer at least some protection for mobile devices, a development that helps not only businesses, but also said businesses' employees.
Edited by Alisen Downey