Telefnica Digital and AirWatch have announced a global partnership to offer a cloud-based Security Mobile Device Management (SMDM) system to companies.

The browser-based platform supports corporate BYOD (bring your own device) strategies. It provides end-to-end management of companies' mobile devices and the necessary tools to define, enforce and monitor the security policies for the use of mobile devices across the organisation.

Analyst Gartner estimates that by 2016 the typical organisation will spend over $300 per year per employee on mobile applications, security, management and support, and that by 2017, half of employers will require employees to supply their own device for work purposes.

The Telefonica/AirWatch platform incorporates an intuitive administrative interface that supports all relevant operating systems, and which is also easy to scale, said the partners, supporting large numbers of users across multiple areas.

It also incorporates features to guarantee that each device is working according to defined security policies, and monitors and manages in real time devices and profiles relating to access control, covering VPNs, WiFi, email access, software and content distribution and apps management.

In addition, the service offers an apps portal for the organisation's private use. The service can be fully customised over the cloud or on-premise, and is offered as a self-service or managed service.

Jose Perdomo, global security managing director at Telefnica Digital, said: "This partnership with AirWatch puts us in an excellent position to meet the needs of our clients in this area. We combine their technical expertise with our global reach, corporate customer base and relationship with device manufacturers."

The SMDM Solution is already commercially available for Telefnica customers in Argentina, Spain and the Czech Republic and will soon be expanded to other countries, said Telefnica Digital.