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:
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?
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Jamey Heary, CCIE #7680, sits on the PCI Security Standards Council- Board of Advisors where he provides strategic and technical guidance for future PCI standards. Jamey is the author of Cisco NAC Appliance: Enforcing Host Security with Clean Access. (Check out all of Jamey Heary's books from Cisco Press.) He also has a patent pending on a new DDoS mitigation technique.
Jamey sits on several security advisory boards for Cisco Systems and is a founding member of the Colorado Healthcare InfoSec Users Group. He is an experienced speaker who is recognized as an expert in network security architecture, regulatory compliance, and routing and switching. His other certifications include CISSP, CCSP, and he is a Certified HIPAA Security Professional. He has been working in the IT field for 15 years and in IT security for 10 years. Jamey is currently a Distinguished Systems Engineer at Cisco Systems.