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VMware ratchets up endpoint security and bolsters device management features

VMware has made a host of announcements to enhance the security of its end user computing products and added new partners to its Mobile Security Alliance.

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On Monday, VMware made three important security announcements: The release of a new unified endpoint solution called TrustPoint, new management updates to Workspace ONE, and the addition of five top cloud access security brokers (CASB) to its Mobile Security Alliance.

VMware TrustPoint is the result of a strategic combination of the capabilities of endpoint security platform provider Tanium with the layered OS migration technology of VMware. According to a press release announcing the product, it "provides visibility and control of every endpoint across global networks in 15 seconds, next-generation threat detection and remediation, endpoint and application management, and automated Windows image migration and management."

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To enable such visibility, VMware TrustPoint relies on a patented, linear-chaining architecture technology. Upon logging in, users can use natural language search to find the data they need. One example, given by Tanium's Curt Aubley, was of a company asking the following question: "Hey, how many computers do I have and what are their IP addresses?" In that case, they were able to see the patch status and antivirus status of 450,000+ machines in seconds.

If an unmanaged device is detected, it can then be blocked from the environment until it can be dealt with. It also speeds up Windows 10 deployments by automating and managing the process for multiple machines.

TrustPoint is available now in the US and will be available in other regions later in 2016. A perpetual license for TrustPoint costs $75 per device.

Workspace ONE, VMware's enterprise mobility management (EMM) product also got a few security updates, designed to specifically address both corporate devices and BYOD.

The biggest addition is the new VMware Verify application, a two-factor authentication tool that allows employees to use their personal smartphone or tablets as an authentication token. As they log in, they will receive a notification that says "verify" that they will tap on their device to immediately be verified. For unmanaged devices, organizations can enable Workplace Services.

"Activating Workspace Services is designed to inherently protect a user's privacy and does not allow IT to track or report BYO-sensitive information like GPS, device restrictions and personal applications," the press release said.

Additionally, VMware Workspace ONE will get support for standalone mobile application management (MAM), Touch ID, content extensions, integration with the Windows 10 store, and further capabilities in education.

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Finally, VMware announced that five new partners would join its Mobile Security Alliance, which was formed in 2015. Blue Coat Systems, Inc., CloudLock, Netskope, Palo Alto Networks and Skyhigh Networks will all join the alliance, which now totals 17 partners, to focus on four key security areas of device, application, network, and cloud.

The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readers

  1. VMware is releasing a new endpoint security product called TrustPoint, which allows visibility and management of every endpoint in an organization in 15 seconds, and could be a vital tool for companies growing in mobile and cloud.
  2. VMware's Workspace ONE got a host of new security updates including Verify, a new app that will allow employees to authenticate through their personal devices, adding security for BYOD deployments.
  3. Five new partner companies are joining VMware's Mobile Security Alliance, which extends the capabilities to those partners and collaborates on finding new security solutions in device, application, network, and cloud.

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About Conner Forrest

Conner Forrest is a Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He covers enterprise technology and is interested in the convergence of tech and culture.

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