3LM Rolls out Enterprise Security Platform for Android

By Erin Harrison October 11, 2011

3LM, a developer of mobile enterprise security software and solutions and mobile device management products for the Android operating system, is making its enterprise security platform available this week, according to media reports.

The company claims its product is unique in the industry, by providing “seamless” access to enterprise resources and the Internet “simultaneously and securely,” according to 3LM officials.

Tom Moss, president of 3LM, told PC World, “There are solutions that allow you to create [secure] containers or some space on a device for the application. Those platforms are limited because applications have to be written for that container and because everything outside of the container is insecure.”

The 3LM solution bonds a device to the enterprise assigning it secure credentials that alleviate the need to store the user’s enterprise password on the device, putting the IT manager in charge of device security. All communication between the device and the enterprise is secured with industry grade encryption and plugs into an enterprise’s Exchange server to securely deliver email, calendar and contacts content to the device.

But 3LM has had to convince handset makers to load a piece of its software onto their phones to secure an entire Android phone, PC World reported. 3LM stands for the Three Laws of Mobility, which serve as the “guiding principles” of the Mountain View, Calif.-based company. They are:

  • Protect your user. A mobile device may not harm its user or, through inaction, allow its user to come to harm though malicious code or content.
  • Protect yourself. A mobile device must protect itself and the integrity of its data and secured communications.
  • Obey. A mobile device must let the user use the device freely, as long as such usage does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

3LM, which was founded by former Android developers, was acquired by Motorola Mobility in February 2011. 3LM’s technology is designed to help the adoption of Android devices by businesses and governmental entities, according to company officials. The 3LM technology addresses ease-of-use, cost-of-management and security concerns for IT managers and chief information officers by making Android devices more manageable within corporate environments, Motorola officials said.


Erin Harrison is Executive Editor, Strategic Initiatives, for TMC, where she oversees the company's strategic editorial initiatives, including the launch of several new print and online initiatives. She plays an active role in the print publications and TechZone360, covering IP communications, information technology and other related topics. To read more of Erin's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

Executive Editor, Strategic Initiatives

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