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Put Some ISE On Those BYOD Security Pains [Cisco]

Servers, Storage and Networking | Posted on November 12, 2012 by Jason McNeill

There’s no denying it: employee-owned mobile devices, with frequent off-site network access, are the new normal for the next generation of workers.

Although adoption of BYOD programs is steadily climbing, security concerns for IT leaders continue to deepen. A 2012 Forrester survey of senior IT executives confirms security is their Number 1 concern regarding BYOD. And a 2012 Economist Intelligence Unit study cited corporate security as the biggest obstacle to implementing BYOD.

Making matters worse, yesterday’s mobile-access security solutions created in the past, no longer apply to today’s ubiquitous mobile-worker environments. There is simply too much complexity for legacy mobile device management (MDM) technology to deliver the functionality needed to protect corporate data and deliver the right user experience.

What companies need now is a security solution built with the challenges of today’s BYOD implementations in mind. This is where solutions such as Cisco’s Identity Services Engine (ISE) come into play.

Continue reading to get details on how Cisco is addressing this space, and find out more about a Mobility Webinar I’ll be hosting in December.

Cisco ISE is a context-aware, identity-based platform that gathers real-time information from the network, users, and devices. ISE then uses this information to make proactive governance decisions by enforcing policy across the network infrastructure utilizing built in standard-based controls.

Simply put, ISE gives IT leaders the granularity they need to segment access by user, device, access method, and time. So you might give engineers on the go access to their codebase, while at the same time preventing interns from getting that same access on their Android tablet. This same technology can also allow your sales team to access their CRM data over 4G, but not the open coffee shop wifi. (Read a detailed overview about ISE).

Aside from simplifying how IT provisions access, ISE also ensures that end users receive a smoother, more enjoyable mobile experience, which will go miles in terms of fostering organizational adoption of your off-site productivity initiatives. Softchoice can help your team set up the right policies initially, so there is no additional management burden on your lean IT workforce.

MDM solutions may still be needed to ensure compliancy at the device level. Solutions like ISE round out your offering and can be seen as an “add on” or an alternative depending on the needs of your business.

Join the conversation – live

This December, I’m hosting a Webinar series to discuss BYOD security and dish out more specifics on Cisco ISE. You’ll have a chance to chat directly with me and get your burning questions answered. Register today.

To see an example of how Cisco ISE could help to solve networking security problems such as those faced by medical professionals, check out one of our latest blog posts.


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