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ForeScout, MobileIron Deliver Integrated Mobile Device Management Solution


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February 12, 2013

ForeScout, MobileIron Deliver Integrated Mobile Device Management Solution

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

MobileIron, a mobile device management specialist, has formed a partnership with ForeScout Technologies, a provider of real-time network security solutions for Global 1000 enterprises and government organizations, to ensure security in enterprise BYOD environments.

The companies have combined the MobileIron platform with ForeScout CounterACT to deliver unified visibility and comprehensive control across mobile devices, users, applications, data and network attributes.  The seamless integration is powered through ForeScout Mobile, which is an add-on module to ForeScout CounterACT, the company’s award-winning network access control (NAC) platform

“Enterprises are becoming ‘mobile first’ organizations as they move beyond device security and focus on enabling employee productivity with mobile technology,” said Bob Tinker, CEO, MobileIron, in a statement. “Two things have to happen to make this possible. First, employee access to corporate resources has to be easy and seamless. Second, security needs to be enterprise-grade but it can’t impede the employee’s productivity.”

The newly formed strategic alliance between the firms will give customers end-to-end mobility management as well as an unparalleled level of security across applications, data, networks and devices so they can use mobile to transform their businesses.

The combined solution delivers a number of capabilities to help enterprises meet emerging BYOD requirements including a security automation feature that dynamically detects unmanaged devices such as iPads, iPhones and Android (News - Alert) devices attempting to connect to the corporate network in real-time.

Moreover, enterprises will now be able to easily automate a variety of network and device-based controls such as allow, block/quarantine, limit, enroll as guest, segregate and initiate device compliance inspection. It also provides seamless on-boarding workflow of MobileIron’s MDM agent on unmanaged devices through a simple self-enrollment process.

The integrated solution even boasts the capability needed to quickly detect jail broken and rooted devices. It can then block or limit network access until the issue is remediated. It powers over-the-air device configuration and corporate app catalog management to instantly provision access to corporate e-mail, WiFi (News - Alert), VPN and enterprise recommended and required applications in addition.

Other key capabilities of the integrated mobile device management solution include strong encryption keys, enforcement of passcode policies, mobile application blacklisting, selective wiping, the locking of devices remotely, and more.

“The BYOD phenomenon is delivering strong growth for companies like ForeScout and MobileIron. Thus, it's not surprising that our joint customers are asking for the integration of mobile device management and network access control as an essential part of a comprehensive BYOD security strategy that enables productivity while ensuring compliance and the protection of sensitive information,” added Gord Boyce, CEO of ForeScout.

The ForeScout Mobile Integration Module for MobileIron is now available from ForeScout and its authorized partners.  

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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