According to a recent iPass Mobile Enterprise Report, iPhones are now more popular in enterprises than Blackberry and Android phones. With the growing popularity of iPhones and iPads in the workplace, it’s important that these tools have high quality security and certificate management.
Enter Symantec Managed Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Service v8.3. As part of a larger mobile strategy, Symantec’s new Managed PKI v8.3 provides certificate management enhancements for Apple iOS devices. These enhancements significantly simplify certificate lifecycle management for enterprises when securing user and device authentication, email, data encryption, and applications that digitally sign data for business transactions.
We prepared these service enhancements to leverage the built-in Simple Certificate Enrollment Protocol (SCEP) found in iOS v4 and later. The interface also takes advantage of certificate management usability features built into iOS, allowing it to tell the device how to automatically configure itself to use the certificate without any snags, or hiccups. This means certificates can be executed on these devices with fewer headaches for both the IT department teams and the users.
This updated Symantec Managed PKI Service provides numerous service features for enterprises using iOS devices, including:
- Easy to use, pre-provisioned certificate formats for enterprise administrators and a point and click set of selections for user enrollment options and the creation of SCEP certificate configuration protocols.
- A Real-time, SCEP web services interface for iOS which includes the ability to download and iOS certificate configuration profile so that iOS can automatically configure itself to use the certificate it receives.
- A simple web services integration API so that certificate-enabled applications and other management platforms such as mobile device management servers can fully automate user enrollment procedures and the configuration of devices to use certificates.
· Currently available integrated partner solutions for Mobile Device Management from FiberLink, Zenprise, Mobile Iron and soon Symantec Mobile Management.
Symantec’s Managed PKI comes with many benefits for both the enterprise as a whole, and the individual users of the service. Managed PKI is fast and easy to deploy, has a lower cost of ownership compared to a self-managed infrastructure, provides a High Availability (HA) service with 24/7 support and binding SLAs for 99.95 percent uptime and has had its operations and policy independently audited and accredited by KPMG, WebTrust and the U.S. Department of Defense.
The new benefits available through Symantec Managed PKI v8.3 include: Improved certificate management capabilities for Apple iOS devices, seamless integration with Symantec Mobile Management and 3rd party Mobile Device Management and a fully automated user experience for the acquisition and use of a certificate.
These benefits, along with the new features available through Symantec Managed PKI v8.3, will allow enterprises and users greater ease and less stress while using iPhones and iPads in the workplace. To learn more about how this announcement supports Symantec’s mobile strategy, go here.