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Apple Announces Cisco SSL VPN Support on iPhone OS 4

Last week, Apple announced the upcoming iPhone OS 4, which will deliver a suite of enterprise-focused features, including the ability to support SSL VPN connectivity using the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility client.

The Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility client delivers ubiquitous access to authenticated users, enabling increased productivity by providing “anytime access” to the network.  In addition, the client provides full tunnel connectivity while being versatile, lightweight, and user-friendly.  AnyConnect users can now have an in-office experience to virtually any application or resource from their iPhone without compromising device battery or performance. Finally, the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility client provides an optimized VPN connection (via DTLS) for latency-sensitive traffic, such as voice over IP (VoIP) traffic or TCP-based application access.

Once iPhone OS 4 is released, Cisco will  be making available an app to enable AnyConnect connectivity. Enterprise customers can then leverage Cisco AnyConnect & SSL VPN for secure & mobile-friendly connectivity to their corporate resources, enabling to them to truly enterprise-enable their iPhone/iPod touch/iPad mobile workforce.

More information on the announcement from Apple here.

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  1. Great news. Congrats to Cisco. Will this functionality make it’s way to iPad?

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  2. I could use this on my iphone. I have to dial into client’s computer all the time and having this capability will help me greatly!

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  3. @Ed, Yes, according to Apple, The iPhone OS 4 beta release includes an updated Software Development Kit (SDK) with over 1,500 new Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and over 100 new features that will be available to iPhone and iPod touch® user

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  4. Any news about Android version ?

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  5. These iPhone OS 4 multitasking abilities are quite impressive. And new email features are also really good.I expect to try this new Apple product soon to see if it would be fine to me.

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  6. Wohooho :) Great news. It already must be.

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  7. I couldn’t find a VPN solution for the iPhone, so I was forced to use RDP to remote into my work servers. I’d prefer to be using a secure VPN client, so I’ll be using this application when it becomes available.

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  8. I can’t wait to pick up my new Ipad ! I will be getting mine as soon as they decide to release it.I did stumble upon this article this afternoon: http://howipadworks.com/ipad-interesting-you-should-know-before-you-buy/ But i think everything should be fine. Just like anything you get used to it after you own it for awhile. Take care.

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  9. you access your corporate website via the iPhone. you may want to or have to have your session encrypted. once you transmit onto a wifi network, anyone with the right equipment can receive and decrypt your signal but if you encrypt the information before you send it, while those packets can be intercepted, the recipient can’t decode them without the encryption key

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  10. Very nice. I hope it will also available for iPad.

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  11. I do hope this supports iPad because I just recently bought one.Anyway, congrats to Cisco!

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  12. Adding this functionality to the IPad will increase the IPad’s appeal no end. If this comes to pass companies will find it beneficial to furnish certain employees with the product. I’d even buy my own!

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  13. Adding SSL VPN support makes the iPhone an attractive buy for business users. Now that pictures of the new iPhone OS 4 have leaked I’m even more eager to buy one.

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  14. I am dying to try this functionality, but what about security? Is this safe for corporate use?

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  15. Makes sense that SSL is the way to go. People are trusting these connections to do more and more secure business these days.

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  16. This is great news. I will be using it on my iphone and hopefully, this will work on my ipad.

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  17. It’s about time some mobile security is being introduced. For an iPhone app I helped work on the other party was extremely paranoid about the applications getting hacked on the phone and created a server specifically for the application. This should help qualm the fears that many had.

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  18. Great news indeed! I can’t wait to try this.

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  19. This is the great news i was waiting for iphone os4 for a long time at last its going to out now.

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  20. This is really cool. I use cisco vpn at work and this would really help.

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  21. Cool!!! because for Cisco SSL VPN Support on iPhone OS 4 I can connect any connectivity… great news……

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  22. This is awesome news, i cant wait to get my hands on the new iphone, does anyone know when the new iphone will be out and will this app be availabe for the ipad?

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  23. this is so cool. as an IT manager we can now make a much better point of getting iPhone into our corporate structure. yay :)

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  24. The iPhone is such an important part of the picture now in terms of borderless networks. We have to keep those things secure with SSL type security

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  25. If there was one thing that Iphone is the most criticised about and has the losing edge vs Mobile Windows phones is that it’s support of enterprise and business tools were very sparce…business needs were not met very well at all on the Iphone…these kind of things are definitely a huge plus for the Iphone in the corporate sphere, but i think it will take more that just this to win over the Mobile Windows market. Can hardly wait to see what other features it offers to compete with Microsoft’s mobile business features.

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  26. I too would like this to follow to the iPad. I think apple needs to embrace the use of it’s devices for business. It has the wow factor it needs more functionality and this is the right step.

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  27. This is great news. Our company has been waiting for something like this so we can start using more iphones besides just for our sales department

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  28. This is great news! One thing I don’t like about Apple products is the lack of funcionality (flash on Iphone, multitasking on Ipad). This app it’s going to do wonders for mobile connectivity! Congrats to Cisco.

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  29. Interesting post. Technology has come so far and has proven to be so useful. The technology of electronic medical records will also cut down on the time it takes to transfer ones medical history. Keep it up. Keep blogging. Looking forward to reading your next post.

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  30. I’m really glad that Cisco are capitalizing on these changes by Apple. To be honest though, the changes put forward by Apple in OS 4 should have been implemented years ago. Still, it will be good for my business to be able to use enterprise on the go.

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  31. just to ask – Will the APP be able to run in the background? 4.0 OS as we know has limitations on what can run in BG. Of course running the VPN and applications such as RDP simultaneously would be critical.

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  32. When will this app be released? iOS 4.0 has been out for a while now :(

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  33. Just checking if there are any updates to the progress or release date? I am very excited to be able to use this with our agency’s network.

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  34. Hi, So where is the anyconnect app for iPhone IOS4?It doesn’t seem to have released yet or certainly isn’t on the app store.

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  35. The Windows phones is that it’s support of enterprise and business tools were very sparce…business needs were not met very well at all on the Iphone…these kind of things are definitely a huge plus for the Iphone in the corporate sphere, but i think it will take more that just this to win over the Mobile Windows market.This technology of electronic medical records will also cut down on the time it takes to transfer ones medical history.

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  37. Any updates on APP release? Getting close to having to find another solution for certain mobile users.

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  38. So when is this coming?? This was a major reason I decided to roll-out an AnyConnect SSL solution for our workforce, and it’s been almost 5 months since the announcement with no release. iOS 4.0 has been out a long time now. C’mon Cisco!

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  39. Still no VPN AnyClient iPhone app from CISCO…? Sigh.

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  40. You don’t get it guys, this thing is built into iOS 4.
    Just go in settings > General > Network > VPN > add VPN Configuration > and select IPSec.

    You should now be able to connect via a Cisco VPN client with your iPhone :)

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  41. What about Android, when will Cisco release the client for Android OS? They are releasing the Cius running android, right?

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  42. yea, I’m still waiting.

    @Wh!te Sh4dow We (or at least I do) need SSL because some places block IPSEC.

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