RSA, the security division of EMC Corp. is taking business continuity and disaster recovery offerings to a new level – the mobile platform.
The release comes as two-fold addition to its RSA Archer product suite that includes Archer Business Continuity Management and Operations solution, and the RSA Archer BCM Mobile App.
RSA’s Archer Business Continuty Management and Operations Solutions, derived from the Archer platform the company acquired in 2010, is a business continuity solution, which also incorporates disaster recovery and crisis management. But it also features integrations into other GRC mechanisms such as risk, incident and third-party management capabilities.
Among its highlighted features are a risk register, business impact analysis capabilitis, and centrally managed business continuity and disaster recovery plans, as well as enhanced crisis management and response and tighter integration with other RSA Archer GRC mechanisms.
This time, the latest version includes the addition of a mobile component, RSA Archer BCM Mobile app, which equips iPhone and iPad users with a spate of tools contained in the physical Archer solutions intended to get users up and running in the event of a natural disaster or other emergency.
The mobile app comes as an extension of the physical solution, designed to enable rapid response during a crisis situation by offering yet another window into business continuity or disaster recovery plans that often includes strategies, calling trees and other requirements.
If the data is not available, the mobile app provides high availability that allows users to obtain offline access to resources from the time the app was last synced. Additional capabilities include a Mobile App Toolkit, which allows customers to create and design custom applications that include questionnaires and assessments to better future releases.
“Today nearly every business process depends on a digital infrastructure, but aligning business continuity and disaster recovery planning to the needs and risk levels of the business has been very challenging for IT professionals,” said Martin Goulet, RSA director of product marketing. “By offering a broad solution that covers the entire process from designing and testing to mobile access, we’re working to make it easier to align risk and criticality with business continuity plans. This lets IT deliver greater business value, and helps businesses better manage digital risks and deliver more trusted services to their internal and external customers. Tight integration with enterprise GRC processes helps ensure better alignment of business continuity management efforts with overall business risk and business strategies.”
For the channel, the two new launches provide a deeper avenue into governance, risk and compliance markets, which are anticipated to grow in light of increasingly punitive compliance mandates.
A Dec. 11 Forrester report maintained that vendors are beginning to focus their efforts on comprehensive platforms that customers can tailor to meet their own needs. Among other things, GRC customers are increasingly requiring functions such as workflow flexibility, user-interface flexibility, data model extensibility, and the ability to support new and changing market requirements. And some of that desired flexibility will potentially include the ability to extend GRC to the mobile front down the road.
With that in mind, RSA’s mobile app might give solution providers a bit of a competitive edge by extending some of those capabilities to a mobile GRC market, still a nascent and largely unchartered channel territory.
For the most part, RSA has remained on the outside of the mobile security and backup space. While mobile security by all reports is slated for exponential growth, the same doesn’t necessarily apply to mobile backup, business continuity, GRC or other data protection solutions. That could likely change, as more solutions are built out to include mobility and other disruptive technology platforms.
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