Cisco has stepped up protection for iPhone users with the launch of an app designed to offer mobile workers secure access to business critical applications.
Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Solution is available from the Apple App Store for any iOS 4.1 device, and provides on-demand virtual private network connections secured with up to 256-bit AES encryption using SSL or Datagram Transport Layer Security tunnelling.
IT security administrators can grant or revoke access to corporate apps on a user or group basis, and configure policies via Cisco Adaptive Security Appliances (ASA), according to the firm.
The app also supports all Cisco ASA authentication capabilities, including multifactor authentication and digital certificates deployed using the Simple Certificate Enrolment Protocol.
Shalabh Mohan, director of the Security Technology Business Unit at Cisco, argued that, with more consumers pushing their employers to allow iPhones for business use, the need for tools to ensure secure working has grown.
"At Cisco, our goal is to help enterprises improve the productivity of their employees while enabling them to connect to the network with a high degree of security from anywhere, using any type of device," he said.
"Cisco's AnyConnect Secure Mobility Solution allows users to enhance productivity on the go, while giving enterprises the ability to easily manage the security risks inherent to borderless networks."
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