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Apple and Cisco: Partnering to Deliver the Deepest Visibility and Security Control for a Mobile Workforce

- June 26, 2017 - 13 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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13 Comments

  1. As you meet the needs of large organizations, please don't forget to continuing providing affordable options at the prosumer level. I and others use Umbrella to protect our families, churches, and small businesses. Congratulations on the partnership!

    game changer

  2. 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...)

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

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

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

      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.

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

    Great innovation!

    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

    wonderful

  6. Awesome!

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

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