All you need to know about iOS 8 MDM for the Enterprise
iOS 8 for business has arrived, and with it comes improved security, enhanced iOS 8 mobile device management (MDM), 4,000 new developer APIs, enterprise content publishing, and new life-critical health and home apps.
The life-critical apps, in combination with the new APIs and content publishing capabilities, introduce new privacy, security, and mobile device management considerations that can only be managed with a comprehensive enterprise mobility management (EMM) platform optimized for iOS 8. The MobileIron Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) platform delivers scalable, integrated Mobile Device Management (MDM), Mobile Application Management (MAM) and Mobile Content Management (MCM) capabilities for iOS 8 devices.
Watch the videos below to learn more about iOS 8 EMM including iOS 8 MDM, MAM and MCM, and how your organization can benefit from the enterprise capabilities introduced in iOS 8. For additional detail and analysis of what iOS 8 means for the enterprise, download our white paper.
Consumer Privacy with
Health Kit and Home Kit
iOS 8 introduces two new frameworks - Health Kit and Home Kit; which will result in the storage of sensitive and personal lifestyle data on mobile devices.
Health Kit and its mobile app, Health, are designed to help users keep better track of their health and fitness. The Health app provides an easy-to-use dashboard where users can enter daily health metrics such as weight, calorie intake, hours of sleep, and minutes of exercise.
Home Kit is a home automation framework that allows users to control devices such as lights, doors, and security cameras through voice commands on their iPhone.
These life-critical apps introduce complex new privacy, security, and device management considerations. They can only be managed with a comprehensive mobile strategy based on clear guidelines that are enabled through an EMM provider.
App Extensions and Handoff in the Enterprise
New iOS 8 API’s enable inter-app communication not previously possible. The new capabilities open up endless possibilities and also introduce the need for mobile app development guidelines to keep corporate data protected from loss vectors.
Handoff enables users to work seamlessly between their iOS 8 and Mac OS X Yosemite devices by allowing a task to initiate on one device and resume on another device (as long as the devices are signed in to the same iCloud account)
Managed Safari Downloads
Managed Safari Downloads allows IT administrators to define open-in controls for documents downloaded from specific web domains. This gives organizations a mechanism to ensure that corporate content is only accessed via IT-approved apps.
Managed iBooks and PDF’s
in the Enterprise
New content lifecycle management enables businesses to silently publish and remove eBooks and PDF documents from the iBooks app using MDM tools. Enabling this capability requires both an EMM provider and a mobile content strategy that is distinctly different from the old desktop model.
Touch ID in the Enterprise
In iOS 8, Touch ID is now extended to third-party app developers to help simplify user authentication. Now companies can leverage the same Touch ID experience consumers love to unlock their phones, as well as their business apps.
Email and Calendar App
Some of the new iOS 8 features that enhance user productivity are improvements to the native Mail and Calendar apps.
- Mail threads can now be marked as VIP to keep users notified of important email conversations. Security has also been extended to optionally encrypt individual emails using per-message S/MIME, and administrators can specify that external emails appear in red.
- Calendar now provides the ability to view a colleague’s availability for meetings, mark events as private, and schedule repeating events at custom intervals.
- Peer-to-Peer Airplay enables iOS devices to stream content to Apple TV without the need for a shared network connection, making presenting at a meeting easier and simpler than before.
Always-on VPN allows organizations to route all traffic from supervised iOS devices through an enterprise proxy server to apply additional security or content-filtering controls.