McAfee believes the path to secure and effective mobile device management (MDM) is to seamlessly fold it into an organization's IT management setup.

The company, a subsidiary of chipmaking giant Intel, announced today that it is extending its mobile device management platform, called Enterprise Mobility Management 11, by integrating with its ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) product. McAfee ePO is the company's centralized policy enforcement and reporting tool and has emerged as a common management platform that ties McAfee products, including Endpoint Protection Suite and Deep Defender, together for IT administrators.

Now, it's enterprise mobility management's (EMM) turn.

The newly-added ePO integration allows organizations to achieve "end-to-end security and compliance visibility" by incorporating mobile management and monitoring into the company's unified console. ePO's automation features, namely device tagging, automated workflows, and actionable drag-and-drop dashboards, help makes quick work of many MDM tasks.

EMM also gains new levels of granularity, helping administrators set per-user, device or OS restrictions or security policies. In addition, the unified solution can deliver mobile specific reports and dashboards along with mobile monitoring, alerting and analytics capabilities.

Ultimately, the combination of EMM and ePO enables large scale, enterprise-grade MDM environments. McAfee boasts that with ePO support, the platform can scale up to 25,000 devices per server and more than 100,000 devices.

Easing concerns over the proliferation of Android-based malware, McAfee EMM also includes Secure Container for Android and VirusScan Mobile for Android. The software also boasts some mobile application management (MAM) features in the form of corporate and public app hosting and distribution for iOS and Android.

Ari Jaaksi, senior vice president and general manager of McAfee Mobile Engineering, argues that keeping MDM in a separate management silo, particularly considering the popularity of mobile devices in the workplace, is a mistake. Standalone MDM gets in the way of efficient, centralized IT management strategies and puts corporate data at risk.

"Businesses are leveraging mobile technologies to deliver a competitive edge, yet many organizations manage these devices separately from their core infrastructure. Every device that's connected to the Internet or that has access to an organization's network or database needs to be secured and managed," stated Jaaksi in company remarks. "McAfee is making it easier for IT departments to see and manage their mobile footprint along with the rest of their infrastructure."

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at eSecurity Planet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.