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Apple Cozying Up to Microsoft Partners? CSS' mCMS

Posted by CSS Marketing on Nov 18, 2011 7:19:57 AM

This week we’ve seen the latest chapter in the Microsoft/Apple love/hate relationship… and it would seem that love is conquering all… at least for the time being. As CRN reports, Apple is reaching out to Microsoft partners that can help integrate iPhones and iPads into enterprise environments.

We’re seeing a bit of a perfect storm for Apple and Microsoft to work together – at least in the mobile space – as more and more organizations are taking a look at moving to or allowing iPhones (and iPads). Combining the robust multi-faceted Microsoft Core Infrastructure platform and Apple’s trendy “must-have” market monopolizing devices, Apple and Microsoft are “on again,” albeit in the relatively limited smartphone and tablet arena.

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Topics: digital certificate, iPad security, apple, iOS 5, iPhone, IT Security, consumerization, Microsoft Security Partner, Certificate Reporting Tool, Certificate Management System (CMS), Industry Trends, mCMS, Software Products, Microsoft Public Key Infrastructure, iPad, SCEP, mobile security, Microsoft, Microsoft PKI, CRT, iOS management certificates, mobile certificate, Microsoft and Apple, iOS, Blog, iPhone security, secure enrollment, BYOD, Got PKI?

iOS 5, S/MIME, and Digital Certificate Management

Posted by Ted Shorter on Sep 15, 2011 9:50:12 AM

iOS 5, Apple’s new operating system for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch, will be released “soon” – Apple officially says “this Fall,” and many prognosticators are pointing to sometime in October. While the new release has hundreds of new features, the feature that’s of particular interest to digital identity practitioners such as CSS is one that’s received very little press to date:

S/MIME.

The current version of iOS4.x supports the use of digital certificates for authentication: to things like wireless networks, VPNs, and Microsoft ActiveSync . But starting with iOS 5, iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users will be able to send and receive digitally signed and encrypted email messages directly from their device.

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Topics: digital certificate, consumerization of IT, apple, iOS 5, iPhone, IT Security, consumerization, Microsoft Security Partner, authentication, Certificate Reporting Tool, cert downtime, Certificate Management System (CMS), Industry Trends, mCMS, Software Products, Certificate revocation list, iPad, CRT, iOS management services, expired certs, mobile certificate, iOS, Blog, digital certificates expire, BYOD, expired digital certificates, Got PKI?

Apple's iOS Devices and Certificate Lifecycle Planning

Posted by Ted Shorter on Apr 14, 2011 3:20:42 PM

iOS devices such as iPads and iPhones are quickly becoming a part of the enterprise IT landscape, in a trend sometimes referred to as “the consumerization of IT.” From a security practitioner’s standpoint, there are a number of factors here that are cause for concern, including the prospect of unmanaged or “under-managed” devices accessing corporate data, the variety of devices and form factors involved, and the rapid pace of adoption, to name a few.

Enterprise Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and digital certificates can help. iPhones and iPads are natively capable of using digital certificates for authentication to corporate networks and data in a variety of ways:

  • Corporate wireless networks (802.1X and EAP-TLS)
  • VPN gateways via the built-in Cisco client
  • Microsoft ActiveSync
  • Mutually-authenticated SSL web sites via the Safari browser
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Topics: digital certificate, apple, iPhone, consumerization, Microsoft Security Partner, digital pki, Certificate Reporting Tool, Public Key Infrastructure, Certificate Management System (CMS), mCMS, Microsoft Public Key Infrastructure, iPad, iOS management certificates, mobile certificate, iOS, Blog, Simple Certificate Enrollment Protocol, BYOD, Got PKI?

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