MobileIron supports Cisco Security Connector, enhancing the enterprise security backbone for iOS

The release of iOS 11 and 11.3 come at a time when organizations are shifting away from legacy PC environments to mobile iOS devices and applications. The new iPad Pro lineup includes major multitasking and file management capabilities that combine the robust features of a desktop PC with the speed and portability of a world-class mobile device.

But the brave new world of mobile apps and cloud services requires more than productivity features. Organizations need comprehensive enterprise security and optimized network performance in order to enable true business transformation. Fortunately, organizations can take advantage of security enhancements in iOS 11 and 11.3. These include support for products Cisco has introduced to provide enterprise grade visibility and control for business-owned iOS devices.

Apple Device Enrollment Program (DEP) and enterprise mobility management (EMM) frameworks such as MobileIron, are the backbone for this expanded security capability.

Device Enrollment Program updates

In iOS 11, customers can now enroll any device in DEP, not just those purchased from an authorized reseller. This change may be especially useful for schools and other organizations that receive donated devices, because now any iOS device can be enrolled in DEP. Devices purchased at the Apple Store and then expensed can also be enrolled in EMM through DEP. As an added security enhancement, iOS device supervision and EMM enrollment will now be automatic and mandatory under DEP.

Cisco network management and security in iOS 11

iOS 11 includes support for more Cisco network and security solutions. Deploying some of these solutions requires iOS devices to be in supervised mode, which gives enterprises more control over their fleets of mobile devices. In addition, DEP helps streamline the process of enrolling and supervising devices through UEM.

Deliver deep visibility and greater control: Cisco Security Connector provides businesses with a holistic view into all application and device behaviors in their mobile environment, allowing security teams to quickly and effectively identify the scope and characteristics of an incident. Additionally, it can help businesses protect users against threats on the internet at anywhere and anytime. With greater control, Cisco Security Connector also supports auditing for security incident investigation and safeguards corporate traffic by encrypting internet (DNS) requests.

Prioritize critical business applications: Cisco Fast Lane QoS, which was initially integrated in iOS 10, helps IT prioritize network performance for specific enterprise applications to ensure the best possible user experience.

Monitor performance data: On iPhone 7 with iOS 11 and higher and with Cisco AireOS 8.5, Apple devices will now be able to send additional Wi-Fi performance data, and Cisco Wi-Fi controllers will display more analytics. This help IT minimize network interruptions so mobile employees can stay productive, as well as helping with capacity planning.

The security enhancements in iOS 11 are just more evidence that Apple is serious about the enterprise. And, because these capabilities require EMM to deploy and maintain, it’s clear that Apple will continue to expand its iOS footprint in the enterprise through leading platforms like MobileIron.

Learn more about the Cisco integration in iOS 11 here. Or to learn more about what iOS 11 means to the enterprise, see our latest white paper here.

Kurt Westphal 

Partner Solutions Architect at MobileIron

About the author

Kurt Westphal is a partner solutions architect in the Technology Alliance team working with our client-side and server-side partners, building best of class integrations with MobileIron technologies, platforms, and frameworks. Kurt developed major eCommerce mobile applications and supporting web services for Macy’s, Bloomingdales and Western Union.