Keeping the Peace: Secure Android for the Enterprise
OK, so we all know that mobility has become an absolute necessity in business. How many of us can honestly say that we could last even a day without our smart phone or tablet? We check our email, run enterprise apps, access the ERP, and conduct a host of other activities that require secure VPN access. But just like anything else, there’s a big difference between what we want and what we can (or should) have! After all, enterprise strength mobility requires enterprise strength security – something that’s been sorely lacking in all but a few mobile devices.
For the past few years, IT has struggled to provide mobile access while maintaining a high level of security. The problem is that users want choice. I know, it’s a big shocker, but it’s true! At the risk of revealing yet another shocking fact, we’ll often go to great lengths to protect our right to choose – including attaching to the network using unsecured rogue devices. I know, I know, you would never do that. Must be the guy in the cube next to you! But alas, employees are doing it, and it’s playing havoc with the ability of administrators to adequately secure the network.
Now for the good news. Peace can finally be made between IT and these rogue users. That’s because some of the hottest Android devices on the market can be integrated with Enterprise-class security! The Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client can now be downloaded from Google’s Android Market for the new Samsung Galaxy S II Series of smartphones, Galaxy Tab products, and the popular Galaxy S smartphones.
The Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility client delivers ubiquitous access to authenticated users, enabling increased productivity of a mobile workforce 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 Android device, 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.
Android is arguably one of the hottest mobile platforms on the market today, and is growing by leaps and bounds. With an 8.49mm slim design, dual core application processor for unrivaled performance, and a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display for enhanced readability and better battery consumption, the Samsung Galaxy S II is one of the coolest Android smartphones, putting them at high demand. As a result, the platform will play an increasing role in gaining access to the enterprise network in the coming months and years. So Samsung’s move is nothing short of a peaceful preemptive gesture to avoid what would otherwise prove to be a bloody battle between users and security administrators.
So thanks to Samsung, you can now have the best of both worlds – security with choice. While this may not be enough to get IT and users together to sing a rousing hymn of Kumbaya, it’s a start!
For more about the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client on Samsung Galaxy devices, view the video attached to this post. To download the software, visit the Google Android Market.