Review: Check Point Pointsec Mobile v3.4.3

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Review: Check Point Pointsec Mobile v3.4.3

This solution installed easily, was simple to use, and provided a nice platform for providing encryption on the supported portable platforms.

Check Point's Pointsec Mobile v3.4.3 is an endpoint device encryption solution for smartphones and PDAs. The platform includes support for Symbian, Palm and Windows mobile operating systems. Check Point's Pointsec Administration Console is a centralised administration tool that enables users to create and manage accounts, deploy Pointsec security modules and provide remote help to Pointsec users. It can also manage dynamic password tokens used to authenticate users and manage Pointsec Administration Console log files.

We loaded Pointsec Administration Console and Pointsec Mobile on our Windows 2003 server. We synchronised the Samsung smartphone that was supplied for the review to our Windows XP workstation. Both applications loaded with ease and we were up and running within a few minutes.

Using the Pointsec Administration Console, system administrators can create security policies, set the device lockout feature and set what kind of files and folders that should be encrypted on the device. The device lockout feature replaces the tool's factory lockout.

The Pointsec Mobile solution also supports encryption of external memory cards. These cards can be shared with users with the appropriate software installed. The policy allows the use of removable media, enabling users to encrypt the removable media while offering the sharing of encrypted removable media among devices with Pointsec agents.

The documentation was good. Installs were straightforward, but needed the documentation for the client policy builds. It was hard to tell what was available in the basic support offering, but it appears to include phone and email support. Various upgraded support options are available at prices ranging from 20 to 40 percent of the purchase price.

For: Works great for pin lockout and encryption.

Against: Only delivers encryption; no RIM/BlackBerry support; pricey tech assistance.

Verdict: Nice add-on solution for delivering lockout and encryption support to portable devices.


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