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Keeping the Peace: Secure Android for the Enterprise

June 28, 2011 - 7 Comments

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.

Samsung Galaxy Tab

Figure 1: Samsung Galaxy Tab

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.

Samsung Galaxy S II

Figure 2: Samsung Galaxy S II

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.

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  1. I’m sorry, I misspoke the other day … right now the release is out for the WiFi versions only. I’m sure it’s coming soon for the non-WiFi only versions, but any information on specific date availability for the TouchWiz upgrade will need to come from Samsung.

    … Cisco can only support the Tablet 10.1 once the TouchWiz release is out.

  2. Where can I find this update – I’m close to just taking the tablet back to Verison as they promissed me it would work with Anyconnect – and it currently does not! Thanks!

  3. You have impeccable timing, Bob!

    Though AnyConnect has been available for some time, it required a Samsung update for the Tab 10.1. I’m happy to report that Samsung is pushing that upgrade starting today, in conjunction with the 10.1 TouchWiz upgrade.

    Enjoy! 🙂

  4. When will anyconnect be available for the Galaxy 10.1 tablet – this is why I bought this $600 tablet, Samsung sayes it is alright avaliable

  5. have you guys created any secure apps like this for the IPAD?
    i think a lot more people use Apple devices and you can get a lot more feedback by releasing software like this but tailored for apple users. Let me know if you guys are trying that out.