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Is Enterprise IT Security Ready For iOS 8?
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Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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9/22/2014 | 8:34:17 AM
Re: iOS 8 in the enterprise
@GonzSTL, I have no doubt that Apple would be thrilled if consumer preferences for iPhones and iPads influences corporate decision makers on the standard computer products they issue employees for use in the workplace.  But I don't see that happening in the near term. Windows is still pretty entrenched in the enterprise and Android quite popular among consumers and the BYOD crowd. Makes it hard for securityteams but over all, the compeititon is good.. 
Robert McDougal
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Robert McDougal,
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9/19/2014 | 11:04:27 AM
Re: Mixed bag
"New data-sharing mechanisms could also result in unexpected vectors of data loss,"

Of everything new in iOS8 this is the piece that gives me the most heartburn.  Anytime a new method for sharing data is developed, hundreds of new vulnerabilities are introduced.
GonzSTL
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GonzSTL,
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9/19/2014 | 9:38:52 AM
iOS 8 in the enterprise
Nobody ever said IT security was easy, and this is certainly a big challenge. In an enterprise, it is not unusual to provision mobile devices so that they are in some sort of semi-trusted or isolated network segment, with limited or no access to enterprise resources. Many access control mechanisms key in on the MAC address for proper provisioning of the mobile device. As Paul Martini mentioned, this may be somewhat problematic, given the ability of the mobile device to randomize its MAC addresses. It may even be more complex than that, actually. Spoofing MAC addresses is a favorite tactic employed by would be intruders, and if the enterprise "trusts" a mobile device capable of randomizing its MAC address, well that opens up a huge opportunity for exploitation.

Also, in their effort to increase personal privacy, Apple reworked their device encryption strategy so that only the owner can access data on the device. Whereas that is ideal for the private owners who want to protect their privacy, it is also a huge headache for security and/or law enforcement when it comes to forensic investigations. Personally, I would not be comfortable with allowing this type of device to connect to a corporate network (enforcing the stigma that security is the "department of NO").

It almost appears that these devices are intended for offsite personal use only, but with the capability to connect to corporate networks as needed, using traditional VPN mechanisms. Then again, perhaps that is Apple's intent, because these personal mobile devices really are their cash cow anyway, and they have a separate line of computing devices suitable for corporate environments. Why not have people fall in love with their Apple handhelds and maybe they will also like the Apple traditional computers. That could be a clever marketing ploy to have those users influence their companies to allow increased Apple computer penetration into the corporate environment.
Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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9/19/2014 | 9:38:29 AM
Mixed bag
Sounds like the typical mixed bag for enterprise security.  Curious to hear about the policies and guidance to users security teams are contemplating.  Thoughts anyone?


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