October 07, 2013

The New iOS 7 and Enterprise IT

The introduction of the new iOS 7 from Apple (News Alert) has been getting some negative press lately with the bugs customers are finding. While the company has promised to resolve these issues as soon as possible, a group that has been anxiously waiting for this new operating system, enterprise IT, is looking for ways to capitalize on mobility. The iPhone (NewsAlert) and iPad are two of the most popular mobile devices currently being used by many employees of organizations in the U.S. As these organizations implement bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies, they have to understand how the new operating system will affect the business.

Because the new operating system has been designed to take into account enterprises, adopting this platform will help organizations and enterprise developers to capitalize on a platform with the highest earning potential in the market.

One of the most important improvements, according to the company, is the security and stability the platform provides for organizations. The iOS 7 incapacitates core-granular IT controls with a single sign-on (SSO), which allows user credentials to be used across apps. When an application is configured with SSO it verifies user permissions for enterprise resources allowing users to login without having to enter passwords over and over.

The security feature also extends to third party applications by enabling data protection automatically with passcode protection of the data that’s stored in App Store apps.

The open management features protects the data of organizations by providing IT the capability to configure which applications are available on the sharing panel. This control allows the company to determine the type of application and accounts that can be used to open documents and attachments. By keeping the documents related to work in corporate applications, it prevents personal files from being opened in managed applications.

The new mobile device management (MDM) gives third-party solutions the ability to provide a robust platform with new commands, queries, and configuration options. That allows for the setup of managed apps, installation of custom fonts, configuration accessibility options and AirPrint printers, and whitelist AirPlay (NewsAlert) destinations wirelessly.

When an application is launched it can be configured to automatically connect to virtual private network (VPN) with the per app VPN. By providing IT departments with granular control over corporate network access, data transmitted by managed apps will only travel through VPN. On the other hand the data from the employee’s personal activities such as browsing will not.

Edited by Alisen Downey


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