When it comes to employee-owned devices entering the network, finding a balance between company security and end-user productivity is a major challenge. That delicate balance is really the major challenge when it comes to “Bring Your Own Devices” (BYOD). The activities of provisioning BYOD devices to ensure secure access to the network as well as enforcing policy and protecting the enterprise is typically a complex multi-vendor pain. Many times these solutions, while working towards the same goals, don’t necessarily play nicely together. Try telling that to your CEO, who wants to just work from any device, any time and from anywhere.
Moreover, what’s good for the user isn’t necessarily fun for IT. The benefits of liberating the workforce and allowing employees and guests to use any device also bring significant security risks. There is no single panacea for addressing these risks. However when Network/Unified Access Control (NAC) user policies leverage Mobile Device Management (MDM) device-based policies, the result is more intelligent security, simplified management, and increased mobile worker productivity.
The Juniper Junos Pulse team has integrated the industry’s leading MDM solutions with Juniper’s Junos Pulse Secure Access Service (SSL VPN) and Junos Access Control Service (NAC), products. This integration:
- Enables IT departments to ensure a secure connection between corporate and the mobile device. Connections are regulated by more granular mobile-aware access control policies, leveraging MDM solutions (including AirWatch and MobileIron) into the Pulse SSL and NAC platforms. For example, a bank can enforce geographical compliance rules based on mobile device attributes and enforce those rules on the network by the Junos Access Control Service. Or it could stop a mobile device from accessing the network because it is jailbroken, rooted, or has “bad” apps running, again leveraging attributes collected by an MDM to create mobile-aware access policies through Junos Access Control Service.
- Makes for easier and virtually transparent deployment of Junos Pulse clients to end-user devices. The new integration will enable Pulse clients and configuration information to be pushed to devices via the existing MDM app with little or no user interaction. That means fewer panicked calls, greater automation, and lower administrative overhead for IT.
- Consolidates mobile and network policy information into a single dashboard. This just makes sense since mobile devices, whether owned by the company or an individual, should be managed by user identity within a single view rather that multiple complex screens.
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And there are more innovations and partnerships around the corner! Stay tuned!