Mobile device management specialist MobileIron has announced a secure browser environment for the iPhone and iPad in a move to further help enterprises deal with the bring your own device trend.
The Web@Work enterprise mobile browser, unveiled on Thursday, will extend the firm's device security and management platform into the browser. This will allow administrators to provide the same security and policy enforcement controls for native apps against web-based HTML5 applications.
MobileIron's platform uses a combination of browser security tools and access controls to isolate browser data and apply data loss prevention policies to traffic on the mobile device.
Initially available for the iPhone and iPad, it uses native Safari web-rendering technologies to display internal websites, existing web apps, and even HTML5 apps.
The result, said the company, is a transparent set of security controls that manage mobile data without interfering with end-user activities.
"Users don‘t think about whether the web content and apps they need are inside or outside of the firewall. They just know they need them to do their jobs,” said MobileIron vice president of strategy Ojas Rege.
“Through MobileIron Web@Work, every authorised user can now get to both legacy web resources as well as new HTML5 apps optimised for mobile use."
The tool will be offered as an add-on option to the standard MobileIron MDM platform. The browser security will build on existing controls which manage data on user devices and allow administrators to remotely add and delete applications on user handsets, without viewing or endangering personal information the user has stored on their device.
The company said that Web@Work is currently available for iOS devices as a $2 (£1.29) per device monthly add-on charge or a $40 (£26) lifetime licence purchase.
While the service is currently limited to Apple platforms, MobileIron said it plans to extend support to Android and other platforms in the future.