Acronis® today released activEcho® 3.0 and mobilEcho® 5.0, providing enterprise-level management combined with consumer-grade simplicity for secure file access, synchronisation and sharing on mobile devices. These two products now include the Acronis Policy Engine, which provides granular management capabilities to create security policies and ensures control and compliance on all devices.
Employees are currently bringing their own devices to work and many others use corporate devices off-premises. Gartner® predicts this trend will keep increasing with 38 percent of companies expected to stop providing devices to workers by 2016 and half by 2017. As enterprise IT continues to lose control over which devices are accessing information and where, they need to remain assured that sensitive files will not be exposed to leaks or theft. mobilEcho 5.0 encrypts all files on mobile devices, sets expiration dates for file access and logs users’ activity. IT can likewise use activEcho 3.0 to enhance their control by crafting security settings and privileges, so specific employees or groups have access and can share all content or a single file.
J David Hester, PhD, Solutions Architect at LCG Systems, who works with multiple NIH centres and institutes on data security, said: "The National Institute of Health is a publicly funded medical research organisation where they need to support collaboration among researchers both between the many Institutes and Centers, as well as with those who work at research centers outside the NIH.. mobilEcho and activEcho not only give them the most secure and audit-capable solution that meets their Federal and internal security requirements, it is also one that is so simple, the doctors and other users require no training. It makes secure bring your own device (BYOD) a reality for the NIH."
Consumer solutions don’t deliver the required level of control and security, and mobile device management (MDM) solutions only provide control over the device and applications, not the files. Additionally, VPN solutions neither allow users to work offline nor effectively and securely share files with partners.
Acronis mobilEcho and activEcho are deployed on-premise giving IT complete control. The two products also go beyond the limitations of MDM solutions and grant secure access to files from mobile devices. The Acronis Policy Engine itself gives the flexibility to implement security and management policies appropriate to the needs of enterprise.
Simon Howe, Sales Director APAC, Acronis Mobility, said: “The workplace has fundamentally changed, and employees are working from home, on the road, and everywhere else. Embracing these trends, IT professionals can use mobilEcho 5.0 and activEcho 3.0 to enable their colleagues to work from any device by providing secure access, sharing and syncing files and data, under a new and easy-to-use Acronis Policy Engine. With these new products, it’s even easier for IT professionals to help their employees stay productive, without losing the security and control that enterprise requires.”
mobilEcho is the first secure Mobile File Management (MFM) solution to turn any mobile device into a true business platform by equipping the enterprise with the stringent security and management granularity it needs. mobilEcho 5.0 offers in-app editing of Microsoft Office® documents, spreadsheets and presentations, military-grade, FIPS 140-2 certified encryption module, and support for Office 365™ hosted SharePoint® sites.
New features in mobilEcho 5.0:
- Combined and enhanced web administration console
- Tiered web console permissions
- Simplified deployment and access to servers and volume
- Audit logging
- Designated expiration for access to content
activEcho is the industry’s only enterprise file sharing and syncing solution that balances the end user’s need for simplicity and effectiveness with the control, security, manageability and flexibility required by IT professionals.
New features in activEcho 3.0:
- Redesigned user experience, including drag and drop
- Sharing single files as well as entire folders
- New user and admin sharing controls, including share expiration
Both activEcho 3.0 and mobilEcho 5.0 are available immediately.
Acronis is a global provider of leading backup, disaster recovery, and secure file sharing and file access solutions. Founded in 2002 Acronis has established itself as a fast-growing international company with more than 700 employees in 18 countries and partners in almost every country in the world. Acronis provides complete, efficient and reliable backup solutions for desktop, server, virtual and cloud environments as well as leading file sharing and sync solutions for mobile devices.
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 Gartner Press Release "Gartner Predicts by 2017, Half of Employers will Require Employees to Supply Their Own Device for Work Purposes", May 1, 2013.