Aruba Simplifies IT Management of Employee-Owned Mobile Devices

Aruba Networks in the week unveils software designed to guard company knowledge and networks when accessed by employee-owned mobile shoppers, whether or not laptops, tablets or smartphones.

The software, ClearPass Policy Manager, offers a collection of modules that permit enterprise IT teams streamline provisioning, inventory, security and management for private devices used for work functions, a trend typically dubbed “bring your own device” or BYOD. Aruba’s software is meant to form it less complicated to securely manage a way a lot of varied shopper setting, particularly in mobile deployments, and to provision secure network access, a feature missing from a minimum of another mobile device management (MDM) applications.

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ClearPass Policy Manager may be bought preloaded on a server appliance or as a VMware virtual machine instance. the applying will work with the main mobile and laptop operating systems within the enterprise: iOS, Android, BlackBerry OS, OS X and Windows seven. The new product combines code from 2 Aruba acquisitions, Amigopod, for guest access and management, and from last December, Avenda Systems, whose mobile management software is that the heart of Policy Manager.

The new giving includes the FreeRADIUS open supply software, for authentication, authorization and accounting, however the Policy Manager can also work with an existing AAA/RADIUS infrastructure.

Policy Manager consists of the core application, and 4 separately licensed modules: Onboard, a self-service mobile provisioning portal for employees; Profiler, that creates an in depth inventory of every device; OnGuard, that may be a Network Access management application, as well as the quarantine and cleanup of compromised devices; and Guest, for registering and managing guest access to the network.

One extra cloud service, ClearPass QuickConnect, will automatically configure wired and wireless network settings for private devices.

The actual provisioning is ready up before by IT directors operating with ClearPass Policy Manager, that lets them set a variety of policies for devices by device sort, OS, user teams and different variables.

Users then will register their devices for access on their own, via an internet portal, and have them automatically configured for such enterprise-standard protections and services as 802.1x authentication, a VPN shopper, Exchange ActiveSync, and machine IDs or certificates. When users arrange to log into the company network for the primary time, they are redirected to the portal, where an application wizard walks them through the configuration method. Once that happens, these personal devices become uniquely visible to IT.

“By provisioning the device and giving it a singular ID, it provides us a degree of management over it that we tend to would not have otherwise,” says Robert Fenstermacher, director of product promoting, for Aruba, Sunnyvale, Calif.A
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Since IT will see personal devices, it will centrally and immediately revoke access if a retardant is detected, for instance. Personal devices may be given restricted access and privileges, whereas traffic from executive-level devices may be given high priority. Policies for Android devices may be completely different from those for iOS devices.

Aruba claims that ClearPass Policy Manager may be five hundredth more cost-effective than a comparable deployment of Cisco’s Cisco Identity Services Engine; and if ISE needs network infrastructure upgrades for network switches, WLAN controllers and access points, the comparative savings are even bigger, per Fenstermacher.

The Guest management functions are primarily based on the Amigopod software. Most of the opposite functions are from the Avenda acquisition. Aruba software engineers are adding new code that integrates the 2 applications, which creates a replacement workflows for the assorted self-service and administrative capabilities.

ClearPass Policy Manager are going to be released in March. Pricing is on a per-user basis, and varies with the full range of users and their devices. per Aruba, 1,000 users averaging two.5 devices, and one hundred guests, would yield a charge of $17 per user.

Aruba additionally announced what it says is that the 1st technical certification for network engineers designed for the new challenges of personally owned devices within the enterprise. The Aruba Certified Solutions skilled (ACSP) course work includes subjects like “RF fundamentals, Wi-Fi style for top density shopper environments, secure authentication and encryption and mobile device provisioning for workers and guests,” per the seller. The course is $1,500 per category, and can be offered beginning in March. a lot of data concerning these certifications is on the Aruba web site.