by Hamish Barwick

Credit Union Australia signs Good Technology to secure 400 devices

Dec 10, 20132 mins
Risk ManagementSecurity

Credit Union Australia (CUA) has ditched its fleet of BlackBerry phones and IBM Notes Traveller email software in favour of Good Technology’s mobile device management (MDM) suite.

The Good for Enterprise (GFE) suite is being used to secure a fleet of 400 corporate and personal smartphones and tablets. This includes iOS devices (70 per cent), Android (15 per cent) and a mix of OS X and Windows making up the remaining 15 per cent.

CUA management decided to stop corporate support for BlackBerry devices. It also uninstalled BlackBerry enterprise server and migrated from Traveller to GFE.

According to CUA CIO David Gee, it selected the MDM suite because of its ability to separate corporate and personal data on devices.

“We have a very robust and secure platform for mobile collaboration and, looking towards the future, mobile productivity applications,” he said in a statement.

It started to deploy Good Technology in April 2012.

“This was a planned migration from BlackBerries as we moved to the iPhone as a company phone and bring your own device [BYOD] policy. Essentially it was about staff preference for other devices, except there were a handful of BlackBerry zealots who were unwilling to move,” said Gee.

During a recent interview with CIO Australia, Gee said that CUA has opened five new ‘concept’ branches across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, including a new flagship branch in Brisbane’s central business district.

At the new branches, customers can use iPads to make transactions securely. The MDM suite is also installed on these tablets.

“As a retail financial institution, we need to have the trust of our 400,000 customers and therefore cannot compromise on security at all,” he said.

Good Technology has made a play for corporate and government customers in the Australian and New Zealand market over the past two years.

In March 2013, it was certified by the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) to protect iPhones and iPads used by government employees.

In 2011, A/NZ law firm Slater Gordon Lawyers selected the Good for Enterprise suite to support a fleet of 200 corporate and 80 personal smartphones and tablets.

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