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SyncDog Offers Security & Compliance Guidance In Making Informed Enterprise Mobility Decisions

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SyncDog’s flagship enterprise mobility security product is SentinelSecure. SentinelSecure allows organizations to control and manage how employees exchange relevant, time-critical information back forth between their devices and the organizations’ secure networks. SentinelSecure is uniquely flexible and easily scalable containerized mobile workspace. Below is our interview with Jonas Gyllensvaan, CEO and Founder of SyncDog:


Q: What is your core competence?

A: SyncDog is the leading independent software vendor (ISV) for building secure infrastructure frameworks that protect enterprise networks from cyber breach from mobile computing sources. The SentinelSecure product line for application containerization and IoT module monitoring provide the industry’s most proactive approach to securing enterprise mobility computing.

SyncDog’s flagship enterprise mobility security product is SentinelSecure. This containerized mobile workspace allows organizations to control and manage how employees exchange relevant, time-critical information back forth between their devices and the organizations’ secure networks. Our “containerized” mobility security partition protects organizational data by employing FIPS 140-2 certified (cert. #2687), AES 256-bit encryption with a simple software-based deployment and no impact to productivity or application functionality.

The standard configuration of SentinelSecure comes with a full suite of productivity applications including SharePoint, Enterprise and Local Chat, Geo-location Services, DropBox, a Personal Information Management (PIM) suite, Office 365, Secure Mobile App Management & Development, File Sync, and many more. Click here for the full list of segmented applications available within the container.

SentinelSecure is also available with version-builds for healthcare industry and Department of Defense workflow requirements.

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Q: Tell us something more about the company?

A: When I started SyncDog in 2013, I had already been working in mobile technology for years and noticed growing gaps in the marketplace for mobile security. The large international full-service IT vendors had very little competition and this created a mobile security market with bullish business practices – rigid and expensive pricing structures, numerous acquisitions leading to poor or discontinued customer support, endless integration cycles, and mass-produced solutions with little focus on customer requirements that made sense. Ultimately, customers were tossed around with little alternative. I knew I could leverage my mobile technology subject matter expertise to challenge enterprise IT vendors with flexible, customer-centric solutions and service.

Geographically speaking, we are continuing to expand with a new development office in New Brunswick, Canada, and we have partnered with a large mobile solutions provider in Europe, Snow Software. This ecosystem will enhance customer service and we’ll better understand marketplace requirements, while increasing the reach of our vision. We hope that in the coming years our influence in mobile security will reach government agencies, law enforcement agencies, banking, finance, healthcare, and others. We’re already knocking on some of those doors right now.

Q: Could you explain the function and advantages of your SentinelSecure for IoT?

A: It is predicted that by 2020 there will be more than 1 billion machine-to-machine (M2M) devices across the IoT, and industry and government entities already face a tremendous challenge securing these connections. Without a regulated and well-defined security and compliance strategy in place, enterprise and government IP will most certainly be targeted by cyber criminals seeking to exploit IoT vulnerabilities. The problem with IoT is that there’s no standard for communications there is for mobile and IT networks.

SentinelSecure Infrastructure Framework for IoT delivers a FIPS 140-2 certified (#2687) framework to secure all transactions end-to-end among our customers’ IoT modules. We leverage an agent-based software technology that tracks and monitors access to your network and sends the data to the Sentinel Mobility Monitoring server, or any EMM solution, for correlation and notifications, if alerted.

Mobile security in the form of EMM, MDM, and MAM adoption continues to lag behind mobility’s increasingly firm role in enterprise productivity, and IoT presents yet another layer of complexity that CIOs and CISOs will have to reckon with – or run the risk of regular network breaches and data loss.

Q: Who is your ideal customer and why?

A: SyncDog SentinelSecure is uniquely flexible and easily scalable for organizations of any size tasked to manage and secure their fleets of mobile devices critical to business goals and productivity. Ideally, our solution works best for the Fortune 2000 companies and larger where the total cost of ownership is low compared to our competition. Banking, financial services, healthcare, government agencies, Department of Defense, and insurance corporations – among many others – are beholden to their customers and constituencies to protect data with systems that meet or exceed regulatory standards. The longevity of these organizations can often hinge on the ability to protect sensitive data, whether it’s intellectual property or customer information.

If there is a single COPE, BYOD, or CYOD device with access to secure, proprietary network file stores, SentinelSecure is a viable option for securing both the device and the connection.

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Q: How does SyncDog differ from its competition?

A: Organizations need a mobile security solution that offers the best possible device-level security and SOC monitoring capabilities without sacrificing end-user productivity. We listen to our customers, and while we can never predict with 100% accuracy what the next big thing will be, our open, exploratory approach with existing and potential customers yields clearly defined development plans for our solutions. After that? We’re a small company with the ability to move quickly. We can make adjustments that satisfy customer requests more nimbly than full-service IT vendors. But most importantly, we make adjustments that make sense to customers and to the marketplace in both mobile security and IoT arenas.

We are going to grow this business gradually so I can remain informed in the day to day architecture and development decisions. Playing a personal role in the smallest parts of our customer relationships and solution development allows me to see trends and opportunities before they mature.

When we identify a problem, we act from the standpoint of “security first,” and all development decisions are made with this in mind; then flexibility – we adjust to the customer and deliver on key requirements quickly; then independence – we do not rely on a MDM or any other technical framework, so we can be easily deployed with no infrastructure dependencies; and finally, scalable integration – once deployed, the framework allows for unlimited investment by companies mobilizing their business workflows.

SyncDog SentinelSecure can also be deployed as a standalone EMM or as an added layer of containerized security to newly purchased or existing EMM solutions. SentinelSecure holds certified integration with MobileIron, Notify Technology, and Snow Software EMMs, and has field integrations with other leading EMMs.

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Q: What can we expect from SyncDog in the next six months?

A: SyncDog is continually improving the end-user experience in the SentinelSecure mobile container. We are working hard to increase application offerings, and our work with a couple of mobile app development partners is giving each organization a secure environment to develop productivity applications that speak to their individual requirements. We are also actively growing our partner ecosystem, teaming up with EMM, MDM, and MAM providers to give our customers the ability to deploy SentinelSecure as a complement to existing mobile security investments or as a standalone EMM solution.

Additionally, we are adding infrastructure to SyncDog SentinelSecure in the coming months to provide more context-capable deployment of end-user policy management per organization. Geo-location and geo-fencing via GPS data and time-sensitive policy enforcement are a couple of examples of new things in store for our customers.

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