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Apple integrates Cisco’s VPN Client into the iPhone

Today Apple announced the details of the iPhone 2.0 software beta. Many new features are coming to the coolest gadget on the planet. Of particular interest to me is the integration of Cisco’s VPN client software into the iPhone. This will be a full blown IPSEC client that will even support the use of certificates or password based multi-factor authentication. Very nice! The iPhone VPN client will be able to connect to Cisco VPN gateway devices, like the Cisco ASA and older Cisco PIX. Apple also announced support for WPA enterprise with 802.1x authentication coming in the 2.0 code. This will enable more enterprises to allow the iPhone to connect securely to their wireless infrastructure. According to Apple, the iPhone 2.0 code will be ready by June ’08 as a free upgrade. However, Apple is currently accepting applications from enterprise customers who would like to sign-up for the Beta Program. Here is the link http://www.apple.com/iphone/enterprise For the office Apple announcement see here: http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2008/03/06iphone.html On another note, I wonder if anyone will write a security app for the iPhone using their newly announced SDK interface. So will you be connecting iPhones to your business now that it will have the new Cisco VPN client embedded plus the new wireless security features?

The opinions expressed in this article are my own and not those of my employeer

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