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AirWatch's Certificate Integration Allows for Secure Connections
January 14, 2013
Organizations are steadily moving towards using more mobile devices as part of the day to day business life, all of which are accessing valuable corporate resources and systems. Given the ease in which a device can be lost or stolen and the inconsistent security policies that are applied to mobile devices, there is a significant demand by IT staff to lock down and secure mobile devices and the apps running on them.
Mobile security management shouldn’t be a headache for IT departments, especially when it comes to employees accessing corporate systems that require certificate services such as Microsoft (News - Alert) CA, CA, or SCEP. SCEP is the standard for certificate enrollment from mobile devices. Many organizations rely upon certificates for mobile access to the internal network, from email to Web applications. Unfortunately, attackers can impersonate an authorized user and gain unauthorized access to these applications.
AirWatch’s (News - Alert) certificate management eliminates the worry when it comes to leveraging certificates for advanced user authentication and secure access to systems. Directly integrated with Certificate Authorities, Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and 3rd-party providers both in the cloud and on-premise, IT staff can easily organize certificates for a number of systems, including Wi-Fi, VPN and Microsoft EAS. AirWatch automatically distributes these certificates to devices without user interaction, so there’s no user error or worry about any security breach.
Administrators on the managing end can see from a dashboard what certificates have been installed, which are expiring, and what certificates have been revoked, all of which can be automated through AirWatch.
Certificate management is one important aspect of mobile security management. As a whole, mobile security management reduces operational costs and complexity compared to standalone mobile security and MDM solutions.
For businesses, mobile security management can provide financial justification for mobile device deployment and will eradicate any security concerns.
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Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli
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