Slack beefs up its mobile security powers

9 Aug 2017

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Slack is being no slouch on mobile security as more than 5m people worldwide use the workplace comms tool on a daily basis.

Slack has revealed its new enterprise mobile management (EMM) capabilities to ensure that in an increasingly mobile-first world, employees can use the productivity tool on trusted devices.

Developed with VMware AirWatch, MobileIron and BlackBerry Good, the new EMM tools enable system admins to provide people in their company with the tools and devices they want to use, without compromising security or policy requirements.

Key features of EMM include HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) compliance, data loss prevention and e-discovery as well as data encryption in transit and identity management.

It adds to existing mobile security features, including single sign-on, two-factor authentication and remote wipe.

“EMM is critical for admins at large enterprises to manage how thousands of employees – and their devices – access sensitive data,” a Slack spokesperson said.

No slacking on security

Indeed, there are millions. Slack currently has 6.8m weekly active users and 5m daily active users.

Out of these, there are 1.5m paid users and 38,000-plus paid teams.

The technology is used by giants such as IBM, NBC, Adobe, Autodesk and Capital One. At any one time, there are 3.5m people simultaneously connected to Slack.

The workplace productivity platform recently revealed that there are now 1,000-plus apps in the Slack directory.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years