Conference report: Here’s all the EMM news from RSA 2015

The 2015 RSA Conference ran in San Francisco this week. It's huge and covers all types of security technology, so there's no way I was going to attempt to cover the whole thing.

The 2015 RSA Conference ran in San Francisco this week. It’s huge and covers all types of security technology, so there’s no way I was going to attempt to cover the whole thing. Instead, I want to share some of the enterprise mobility management-related news that came up during the week.

Appthority Spring 2015 update

Appthority was one of the initial companies doing what’s known as mobile app “reputation” analysis—instead of just looking for malware, the idea is that they look for any types of behavior that could potentially put corporate data at risk. This week Appthority announced their first on-device agent app, several new ways to create policies, and a new series of mobile security threat reports and accompanying blog. Of course there are a ton of threat reports out there, but what’s appealing about theirs is that (1) all of the data is collected from their own customers and users, so you get an accurate picture of real threats to enterprise devices, not random who-knows-what from the far reaches of the internet; and (2) they’re coming at it from the holistic app reputation angle, not just the malware angle.

BlackBerry acquires WatchDox

Blackberry’s big announcement this week was that they are acquiring WatchDox, a security-oriented enterprise file sync and share vendor we’ve covered in the past. WatchDox fits perfectly with the rest of their “EMM with extra security products and features” angle. But that’s not all BlackBerry announced—they also announced an R&D effort called the Center for High Assurance Computing Excellence (CHACE), and their subsidiary Certicom announced a new certificate management service for IoT devices. This illustrates just how diverse BlackBerry’s efforts are. It’s not exactly clear how all of this is relevant to a typical EMM buyer, but it re-enforces the message they’re still building on their security legacy.

Centrify Privilege Service

Centrify announced a new cloud-based management service for privileged accounts and shared passwords. Typical examples would be service accounts on servers, but it can also be used to do multi-user management for services that don’t officially support multi-user accounts. (Twitter is one common example.) Centrify Privilege Service also provides VPN-less remote access and session monitoring. It’s all based on the Centrify identity and access management and EMM services I wrote about last week, so that means administrators can set all sorts of contextual access policies.

Good Dynamics and ARM TrustZone

Good announced that Good Dynamics will leverage ARM TrustZone to secure Android apps, and potentially eliminate the need for long app passwords. You can learn more from my article earlier this week.


Virtual mobile infrastructure vendor Hypori made an announcement about its usage of Intel-based servers. The buried lede is that Intel is giving VMI a nod by appearing in the press release.

Pulse Secure Pulse One

Pulse Secure was created last year when Juniper spun off its NAC and VPN business and the resulting new company acquired MobileSpaces, an EMM startup with a brilliant Android MAM solution that could manage any app on any device. Pulse One, announced this week, brings NAC, VPN, and EMM together into a central policy manager.


This week VMware was talking about the combination of network micro-segmentation (via NSX) with EMM and desktop virtualization. Gabe talked about the desktop angle and I covered the EMM angle.

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