Apple and Cisco partner to deliver security for mobile workforce

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– June 26, 2017 – 11 Comments

Every day I talk to companies who are looking for ways to use mobility to transform the way they do business. Hospitals are now replacing a nurse’s clipboard with an iPad, manufacturers use custom apps on an iPhone to increase productivity, and sales reps are now given an iPad instead of a laptop. While this kind of revolution brings huge benefits — cost savings, better insight, and competitive advantages — it also introduces new requirements around network performance, collaboration between user groups, and security.

That’s exactly why Apple and Cisco started partnering together — to create the very best app and voice experience for iPhone and iPad on corporate networks. Now, we’re adding security to help our customers become the most connected, collaborative, and secure businesses in the world. Today I’m thrilled to share the latest innovation that we are currently developing: the Cisco Security Connector app for iPhone and iPad in the enterprise.

While iOS devices are incredibly secure, organizations still need an increased level of visibility and control across all enterprise devices. Whether they’re investigating a security incident or trying to increase protection for users on the internet, visibility and control are fundamental requirements.

Expected to be released in the fall of 2017, the Cisco Security Connector is designed to deliver the deepest visibility, control, and privacy for iOS devices. The Cisco Security Connector offers organizations the most granular view of what is happening on enterprise-owned mobile devices and provides the best protection for users, anywhere they travel. With the Cisco Security Connector, businesses will now have the ability to meet risk and compliance requirements from auditors and ultimately expand iOS adoption in new ways.

The Cisco Security Connector offers security functionality from Cisco Umbrella and Cisco Clarity in a single app. It can be deployed on enterprise supervised iOS devices via a mobile device management (MDM) solution, such as the Cisco Meraki Systems Manager.

With the Cisco Security Connector, organizations gain the following:

  • Visibility: Ensure compliance of mobile users and their enterprise-owned iOS devices during incident investigations by rapidly identifying what happened, whom it affected, and the risk exposure.
  • Control: Protect users of iOS devices from connecting to malicious sites on the internet, whether on the corporate network, public Wi-Fi, or cellular networks.
  • Privacy: Safeguard corporate data and users by encrypting internet (DNS) requests.

The Cisco Security Connector is expected in the fall of 2017. We will be starting a beta program shortly, so click here if you’d like to participate.

In addition, Cisco is embarking on a new journey in cyber insurance. We’re collaborating with insurance industry heavyweights to lead the way in developing the architecture that enables cyber insurance providers to offer more robust policies to our customers. We will do this by enabling continuous security monitoring and a measurable reference architecture that includes technologies from Apple and Cisco.

This is just the beginning — stay tuned for more details in the coming months.

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11 Comments

  1. Stefano Consonni

    July 6, 2017 at 1:23 am

    Very interesting, expecially for those who are already Umbrella and AMP users. Please consider to extend integration as soon as possible with other MDM (MobileIron, AirWatch…)

  • Ben Ng

    July 9, 2017 at 7:18 am

    Look at PxGrid-Something for you to start evaluating now..:)

  • Evan Golden

    June 30, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Will the security solution detect things like malware, jailbroken device, malicious wifi access points?

  • Paul Rohde

    June 29, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Will this work with most any MDM solution or specifically Cisco/Meraki?

    • Brian Remmel

      June 29, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      Hi Paul – At the moment the Cisco Meraki Systems Manager is the only compatible MDM solution. We are evaluating additional integrations to meet our customers needs.

  • Murtagh

    June 27, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Pumped about this, game changer for enterprise mobility / security!

  • James Snodgrass Jr

    June 27, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Great innovation!

  • Tahir Sharif

    June 27, 2017 at 6:35 am

    Constantly improving that Customer Experience is key. This allows more employees/guests/patients to get the best experience via Apple devices whilst ensuring they are fully secure with Enterprise level management. WiFi optimisation and FastLane as well as Security – a great combination. All the news at www.cisco.com/go/Apple

  • Hsien-I Huang

    June 27, 2017 at 5:35 am

    wonderful

  • Michael Ginn

    June 26, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Awesome!

  • John Zavitz jr

    June 26, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    This just keeps getting better and better! Thank you Cisco and Apple

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