There’s plenty to love about Apple’s recent release of iOS 15. But at Cisco Umbrella, we’re most excited about the fact that the Cisco Security Connector app can now be deployed on any managed iOS device!
That’s right – you can now enhance the visibility of all managed iPhone and iPad devices on your network, regardless of whether the devices are supervised or unsupervised. For IT teams looking to enhance endpoint security across their organization’s network, this is exceptional news. After all, the Cisco Security Connector app is designed to integrate seamlessly with your existing Cisco Umbrella or Cisco Secure Endpoint subscription. So, there’s never been a better time to ensure all Apple devices on your network are equipped with granular visibility, security, and content filtering.
Apple has a strong commitment to security. Cisco’s strategic partnership with Apple spans across networking, collaboration, and security, such that with the Cisco Security Connector app, the DNS-layer security of these endpoints is enhanced. Our cloud-managed app takes the functionality and protection of one of our leading cybersecurity solutions – Cisco Umbrella – and integrates it with existing subscriptions, allowing security teams granular visibility into iPhone and iPad devices in their Mobile Device Management (MDM) system.
The Cisco Security Connector app offers security teams:
- Greater visibility – By aggregating network traffic generated by iOS devices and apps, this app provides security teams with the granular visibility they need to rapidly identify and address security incidents.
- Global protection – Since this app works over cellular networks, public Wi-Fi, and private Wi-Fi, it will keep users from unintentionally connecting to a malicious domain on the DNS layers regardless of where they are.
- Simplified management – As a cloud-managed solution, the Cisco Security Connector app can be easily deployed enterprise-wide by IT teams using an MDM.
All of this functionality is brought together in one easy-to-navigate interface, as evidenced in this demo:
How the Cisco Security Connector App Helps Ensure Compliance
Enhancing the visibility of your endpoints isn’t the only benefit of installing the Cisco Security Connector app on the managed devices in your network. Because this app connects all managed iPhone and iPad devices to security solutions like Cisco Umbrella, it also helps SecOps teams ensure compliance with company or industry regulations.
Nowhere is this more evident than in education. Both K-12 schools and public libraries must ensure their devices adhere to CIPA mandates to obtain E-Rate discounts. These mandates include limiting minors’ access to harmful adult content on all school or library devices.
Fortunately, the Cisco Security Connector app empowers security teams to meet these mandates. By connecting to an organization’s Cisco Umbrella subscription, the app allows for:
- Robust, category-based content filtering
- Personalization of domain blocklists to enforce acceptable usage policies
- Protection against online threats that can compromise a learning environment
This functionality has made Cisco Umbrella the go-to cybersecurity solution for organizations like the Washoe County School District and the Lewisville Independent School District. And, for educational organizations embracing widespread iPad usage to empower 21st century education, the benefits of having the Cisco Security Connector app installed on all managed devices is self-evident.
How Do You Install the Cisco Security Connector App on Your Apple Devices?
Rolling out the Cisco Security Connector app to the managed Apple devices on your network couldn’t be easier. Once these devices are updated with iOS 15, your IT team can use the MDM tool your organization has in place to deploy the app on a wide scale. While the Cisco Security Connector app was designed to integrate seamlessly with the Cisco Meraki Systems manager, it is also easy to deploy and manage using a wide variety of third-party solutions like:
- IBM MaaS360
- InventIT MobiConnect
- Jamf Pro
- VMware Workspace ONE powered by AirWatch
And just like that, you’ve enhanced the security of your network and provided your employees with additional visibility into their iPhone or iPad.
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