MobileIron Addresses Transition to Apps-based Computing

By Jessica Binns, Contributing Editor — June 08, 2012

In the next 12-18 months, every major company around the world will have hundreds of mobile apps being used by thousands of users with access millions of documents. Mobile apps and content are becoming the primary way people do their work. This represents a fundamental computing shift that is as significant as the transition from mainframes to PCs. MobileIron, a provider of security and management for mobile apps, content, and devices, announced the first complete security and management foundation for Mobile IT to make this transition to apps-based computing.

Delivering Apps at Scale: MobileIron Application Delivery Network

In the BlackBerry era, a small percentage of employees carried smartphones, and they each used one application: wireless email. In the post-BlackBerry era, most employees will carry mobile devices, and they will collectively use hundreds of apps to do their work. The task of provisioning hundreds of apps to thousands of people will crush corporate networks under the bandwidth requirements of fast and reliable downloads. This problem is aggravated by the sheer size of the content-rich mobile apps many organizations are now building. Five years ago, a 2MB app was rare. Now, 1GB apps are common, especially for sales mobilization and collateral delivery.

The MobileIron Application Delivery Network (ADN) is the industry's first solution for scalable app provisioning in the enterprise. The MobileIron ADN lets Mobile IT reliably deliver apps of any size to any number of devices without impacting the corporate network. The ADN offloads the actual download of the apps onto a secure global backbone. It is tightly integrated with MobileIron Apps@Work, the industry's first and leading private app storefront for distributing enterprise apps. The MobileIron ADN, in combination with Apps@Work, gives Mobile IT real-world scale for the company-wide deployment of mobile apps.

Preventing Data Loss: MobileIron Docs@Work

The majority of enterprise content is distributed through email or SharePoint. Email attachments and documents with proprietary data represent the single biggest Data Loss Prevention (DLP) challenge in the mobile enterprise. Any app on a mobile device, authorized or not, has the potential to open and transfer these confidential documents to untrusted clouds.

MobileIron Docs@Work is the industry's first solution to offer end-to-end security for both ActiveSync email attachments and SharePoint content. Docs@Work provides secure transport, local storage, viewing, and data wiping.

  • Email attachments can be encrypted by MobileIron before they reach the device.
  • On the device, within the native iOS email experience, only Docs@Work has the ability to decrypt and view them; unauthorized third-party apps are blocked from accessing these attachments.
  • With SharePoint, documents can be published directly to Docs@Work for secure storage and viewing on the device.
  • Docs@Work is unique because it secures both ActiveSync email and SharePoint, and integrates tightly with MobileIron policy and AD groups.

Securing Apps on Android: MobileIron App Connect for Android

Enterprise app development today is heavily centered on iOS, while Android adoption has been slowed by fragmentation. For Android to be a reliable part of an enterprise apps strategy, Mobile IT must be able to easily secure apps data across supported Android devices and OS versions.

App Connect for Android creates a secure environment for mobile enterprise apps that prevents data loss, preserves the native user experience, and works across supported Android devices and OS versions. App Connect for Android has three components:
  • Advanced app wrapping technology to encapsulate the app with minimal developer intervention
  • Integration with MobileIron security policies and groups
  • Segmentation of personal and trusted apps data on the device
With App Connect for Android, each business app becomes a secure container that is managed through the MobileIron console. App Connect encrypts data, provides a single sign-on, and segments professional from personal data to enforce security and privacy, while retaining a native user experience to drive adoption.

Trusted apps can share data with each other, but not with personal apps on the device, providing Mobile IT with unprecedented control over enterprise data on Android without forcing end users to change their behavior.

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