Today, Apple released its much anticipated iOS 9, which boasts new features like a more intelligent and proactive Siri and improved performance and battery life. Enterprise users will eagerly upgrade as soon as they see that little red notification badge on their iPhones and iPads — often despite the IT notification to not upgrade until IT has tested iOS 9 against critical apps. The good news is that Centrify has IT’s back.
As with iOS 8, Centrify is pleased to announce day one support for iOS 9 for Centrify Identity Service (CIS). Customers can rest assured that as users upgrade to iOS 9, devices managed by CIS will remain enrolled with existing management and single sign-on capabilities intact.
As the leader in integrated identity and mobility management, Centrify is committed to delivering support for the latest iOS 9 enterprise features so IT can provide secure access to any application on any device. Some of key iOS 9 enterprise capabilities Centrify customers can look forward to in upcoming releases include:
- Converting unmanaged apps to managed apps: With iOS 9, EMM solutions like Centrify Identity Service can now transition a user-installed app to a corporate managed app without user intervention. Prior to iOS 9, if a user had already installed an app like Box or Dropbox on her device, she would need to delete the app and re-install the enterprise version.
- Removing the Apple ID requirement: Previous versions of iOS associated app ownership to a user’s Apple ID. This creates challenges and confusion for corporate-owned devices and shared devices. Now IT can assign apps to devices rather than users, greatly simplifying license management.
- Device Enrollment Program (DEP) enhancements: For devices enrolled in DEP, IT will have control when devices upgrade to the new OS versions. This is great news, as this model is more aligned to how enterprise IT has traditionally handled OS updates. It also gives IT proper time to test mission-critical apps before deploying a new OS.
- Distribute apps and updates without the App Store: With iOS 9, IT can silently install and update apps without requiring the App Store on the device. This is especially helpful for supervised or kiosk devices. Previously if the App store was disabled to prevent installation of unauthorized apps, IT would need to temporarily enable it to update or deploy an app and then disable the App Store again. This was not only time-consuming, but also gave the user full App Store access to install unapproved apps.
- New device restrictions: iOS 9 introduces new device restrictions designed to address potential data leakage. New restrictions include: restricting AirDrop in managed email accounts and managed apps, preventing pairing with Apple Watches for wearable DLP, and restricting screen recording.
- Network usage rules: iOS 9 allows IT to specify network usage rules for managed apps on a per-app basis. IT can require bandwidth-intensive applications to run only on WiFi networks. This not only improves security, but also helps prevent runaway cellular bills while traveling internationally.
Learn more about CIS’s Enterprise Mobility Management capabilities.