Oracle Mobile Security Suite, launched Feb. 26, is a mobile extension of Oracle's overarching security management software. Very little of Oracle Mobile Security Suite will look new, since Oracle has chosen to build its mobile security suite out of pre-existing Oracle tools. This could offer IT managers a smoother transition and save time and effort, according to the president of one of Oracle's largest user groups.
"Leveraging ways Oracle has already been securing applications gives them the advantage," Michelle Malcher, president of the Independent Oracle Users Group, said. "It's just setting up what is already there."
With Oracle Mobile Security Suite, Oracle Identity Manager is extended to the mobile space, rather than bringing in new software. Malcher sees the advantage in this kind of continuity.
"You know you have the same policies in place," she said. With mobile security standardized with database security, everything operates according to the same standards, so access should be the same on the mobile device as in the office.
Oracle Mobile Security Suite will be controlled from the same central administration as Oracle Identity Manager. Oracle Mobile Security Suite also creates a client-side secure container in the mobile device. Business applications can be wrapped and secured in the container to be separate from personal applications.
The container holds the same Oracle applications and third-party applications as the company had in the mobile space before the adoption of the security suite.
"It doesn't matter how you access the application, you're securing the access," Malcher said. "All those files with data encryption, identity management, they're still all there. You're just changing what is putting them out."
The container itself is also developed from pre-existing technology, but not technology originally native to Oracle. On Nov. 5, Oracle acquired Bitzer Mobile, a provider of mobile application management that allowed companies to provide access to corporate data and applications from their mobile devices.
Prior to its purchase by Oracle, Bitzer Mobile described its product as a secure container that created the enterprise workspace on any mobile device, giving employees secure access to the intranet, corporate data and applications from any mobile device platform. This is exactly what Oracle's client-side container does. The main difference between Oracle's secure container and Bitzer Mobile's is that Bitzer Mobile's original product was designed to integrate with Windows for single sign-on rather than with Oracle.