We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

iOS, Android to get federal-strength authentication

Businesses also gain a new Android app management and provisioning tool

Good Technology and ActivIdentity today jointly announced an effort to bring federal-level authentication to Apple iOS devices, such as the iPad and iPhone, and Google Android devices. And Apperian released its Enterprise App Services Environment (EASE) product for Android devices, which lets businesses provision and manage apps, and manage content delivered to those apps. EASE can manage Android Market apps, in-house Android apps, and HTML5 apps, and also provides push notification and updates.

The Good-ActivIdentity effort seeks to bring multifactor authentication to iOS and Android devices, allowing them to work with CAC/PIV-standard smart cards and secure ID chips, as well as provide email and document encryption, cryptographic signing of emails and forms, and allow the use of public key infrastructure (PKI) authentication tools with custom applications. The companies say they intend to meet the DoD Directive 8100.2 and Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 security standards in their joint products.

[ Learn how to manage your mobile devices in InfoWorld's 20-page Mobile Management Deep Dive PDF special report. | Keep up on key mobile developments and insights via Twitter and with the Mobile Edge blog and Mobilize newsletter. ]

The companies will use Good's mobile device management server tool as the management console for the ActivIdentity-authenticated hardware. The first products from the joint effort are expected by July 2012.

Last Friday, IBM announced a cloud-based mobile management and anti-malware offering called IBM Hosted Mobile Device Security Management for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone devices. When released, the managed service offering will be based on Juniper Networks' Junos Pulse Mobile Security Suite.

This article, "iOS, Android to get federal-strength authentication," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Follow the latest developments in business technology news and get a digest of the key stories each day in the InfoWorld Daily newsletter. For the latest developments in business technology news, follow InfoWorld.com on Twitter.

Read more about mobile technology in InfoWorld's Mobile Technology Channel.


IDG UK Sites

Best Christmas 2014 UK tech deals, Boxing Day 2014 UK tech deals & January sales 2015 UK tech...

IDG UK Sites

LED vs Halogen: Why now could be the right time to invest in LED bulbs

IDG UK Sites

Christmas' best ads: See great festive spots studios have created to promote themselves and clients

IDG UK Sites

Why Apple shouldn't be blamed for exploitation in China and Indonesia