Top Enterprise Security Requirements for the Apple Tablet

To play in the Enterprise market the Apple "iSlate" must get security right

Will the rumored Apple tablet have the security chutzpah to compete in the Enterprise market? Apple has setup another invitation only event for January 27th. The invitation reads, "come see our latest creation". The industry is speculating that Apple will unveil its long awaited tablet computer, rumored to be called the iSlate. Apple is traditionally a consumer focused company but I'd go out on a limb and say that a tablet PC is more of an enterprise product than a consumer product right now. In order to be considered in the Enterprise market Apple needs to get the security features of a tablet PC correct out of the gate. The Smartphone like capabilities the iSlate will likely have will force it be compliant with current corporate Smartphone security policies. Since it is also a portable computer it will need to conform to corporate laptop security policies as well. Until folks get used to this new type of device and start treating it separately, it is destined to have to comply with both sets, mobile and laptop, of security policies. Here are the security features that Enterprises are likely to require a Apple table PC to have. Let's hope that Apple gets these right. -Remote Wipe Capability -Disk level Encryption Built-in -VPN Client Built-in -Way to Centrally manage security policy of the devices -Apple OS like file and resource permissions -Automatic software update mechanism to deploy security fixes in a controlled manner -Integration with Active Directory for AAA functions. -Auto Screen lock with pass code. If too many wrong passwords are entered then the device erases itself. -A biometric reader of some kind built-in to the iSlate would be a plus -Wireless security is pretty much a given now but for completeness is needs to have WPA2 enterprise security features for 802.11n. -Application signing is typically required for Smartphone's so it will probably be required on the iSlate. -Must support Security software like AV, AS, PFW, HIPS, etc. -Support for a typical laptop security lock would be a plus as well. Unrelated but still related: I'm sitting here in starbucks writing this blog on my MacBook Pro and every time I get up I am worried about it being stolen. My Mac has a laptop security hole on it. I need to go out and buy myself a security lock for it and wrap it around the table I'm sitting at. I think someone might notice someone trying to steal their table with my laptop locked to it ☺. -Needs to have the ability to be fitted with a privacy screen so bystanders can't see your screen…as well anyway. This will be a tall order for a touch screen device. Apple has an opportunity to leap frog the tablet, smartphone, and laptop market with innovative new security features in their new iSlate. I hope that the smart folks at apple will dazzle us on January 27th with some new security bling! What are your thoughts on what security features you expect corporations to require on a Applet tablet computer? Did I miss any, do you agree with the ones I listed? For me the unveiling can't come quick enough, I just eat up whatever they cook up over there at Apple! Wait for it…

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