Aruba Expands ClearPass

— April 18, 2013

Aruba Networks, Inc., a provider of next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise, has launched Aruba WorkSpace, a new component of the company’s ClearPass Access Management System. With the addition, network access control (NAC), mobile device management (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM) systems are a part of one solution and work together to secure company data and reduce BYOD helpdesk costs.

WorkSpace is built on an enterprise network policy system, making it network-fluent. This means higher network priority can be automatically assigned to work applications. In the event an employee’s device connects to an untrusted network, the solution can automatically establish application-specific VPNs to encrypt traffic and provide uninterrupted access to internal resources. It can also restrict network access if a device is jail-broken or contains unapproved applications.

“Existing approaches to BYOD have required enterprise IT departments to integrate different systems, adding complexity and creating employee usability and privacy concerns,” said Maribel Lopez, Principal Analyst, Lopez Research. “By combining all functions into a single platform, Aruba WorkSpace simplifies BYOD management, lessening the overall burden on IT.”

As an alternative to its native device management functions, ClearPass features integration with many MDM vendors including AirWatch, Citrix, Fiberlink, JAMF Software, MobileIron and SOTI. This integration allows customers with existing MDM solution deployments or preferences to realize a combined value of integrated, context-based network policy, device onboarding and security, and a full range of mobile device management capabilities.

Critical mobile device security actions can be based on who the users are, what device they are using, what applications they are running, and their location. For example, mobile device cameras can be disabled if the device is in a secure, restricted location.

Protects Personal Data, Secures Business Applications
An Aruba WorkSpace mobile application is pushed to employee devices, allowing employees to access and manage work applications, share AirPrint and AirPlay devices with other users or groups, manage other on-boarded devices, and configure guest accounts. All aspects of BYOD are accessible to end users in one location.

To manage the use of personal mobile devices, the mobile app provisions a separate, encrypted area on the devices for work applications and content. This gives IT full control over the corporate information in this encrypted space, but no visibility into personal areas of the device, thereby protecting employee privacy.

Regional Medical Center at Memphis is currently in beta with Aruba WorkSpace. The center includes a large level 1 Trauma hospital and four clinics serving a five-state region within 150 miles of Memphis, and also serves as one of the largest medical and surgical teaching sites for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

“Our physicians and medical staff depend on the wireless network to access critical patient information,” said Cameron Parker, Manager of Technical Services, Regional Medical Center at Memphis. “As we expand our support for BYOD, we need a reliable solution that can properly manage and control access of these personal mobile devices. Given Aruba’s proven track record in network access, security and device provisioning, Aruba’s new WorkSpace solution integrates the network, the device and application management, which provides us with an ideal, single vendor solution to meet all our mobility needs.”

More Than 40 Mobile Applications Integrated
Recognizing that comprehensive BYOD management includes mobile applications as well as the mobile devices these apps are running, Aruba has already integrated more than 40 popular mobile apps for use via its new WorkSpace Partner Program. More will continue to be added. These include a wide variety of enterprise applications in the areas of file access, business analysis, collaboration, office document editors, education, enterprise productivity, healthcare and file sharing.

In addition, enterprise IT customers can quickly upload custom, internally-developed or third party applications to their unique Enterprise App Store for distribution and management. Rich, contextual security policies can then be applied to each application. The solution also adds enterprise security features such as Active Directory authentication, jailbreak detection and content encryption to applications.

The Aruba WorkSpace software for ClearPass is now in beta testing and will be available in July. A client-side software application called Aruba WorkSpace for both iOS and Samsung Android-based devices is expected to be available from the Apple App Store and The Google Play marketplace also in July.


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