Aruba unveils ClearPass Policy Manager for consumer devices

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

The software, ClearPass Policy Manager, offers a group of modules that allow 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 create it less complicated to securely manage a way a lot of varied consumer setting, particularly in mobile deployments, and to provision secure network access, a feature missing from a minimum of another mobile device management (MDM) applications.

ClearPass Policy Manager is bought preloaded on a server appliance or as a VMware virtual machine instance. the applying will work with the foremost 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 providing includes the FreeRADIUS open supply software, for authentication, authorisation 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 a close 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 about up ahead by IT directors operating with ClearPass Policy Manager, that lets them set a spread 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 online portal, and have them automatically configured for such enterprise-standard protections and services as 802.1x authentication, a VPN consumer, 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, Aruba director of product selling.

Since IT will see personal devices, it will centrally and immediately revoke access if a retardant is detected, as an example. Personal devices is given restricted access and privileges, whereas traffic from executive-level devices is given high priority. Policies for Android devices is completely different from those for iOS devices.

Aruba claims that ClearPass Policy Manager is 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, in line with Fenstermacher.

The Guest management functions are based mostly 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 brand new workflows for the assorted self-service and administrative capabilities.