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iPhone OS 4 Adds Much Needed Security Features


Apple today announced the biggest software update yet for the iPhone. iPhone OS 4 will include over 100 new features for iPhone and iPod touch owners, including some much desired security features for the enterprise. Set to be released this summer for iPhone and iPod touch, the update will be available for the iPad in the fall. A version is currently available for developers.


Apple today announced the biggest software update yet for the iPhone. iPhone OS 4 will include over 100 new features for iPhone and iPod touch owners, including some much desired security features for the enterprise. Set to be released this summer for iPhone and iPod touch, the update will be available for the iPad in the fall. A version is currently available for developers.
iPhone OS 4
New Security Features in iPhone OS4 Include:

Data Protection

Security enhancements in iPhone OS 4 protect email messages and attachments stored on iPhone 3GS by using the device passcode as an encryption key. New data protection APIs can be used for custom and commercial apps so that business-critical information is protected even if a device is compromised.

Mobile Device Management

Deploying and managing large iPhone fleets will be even easier with iPhone OS 4. New Mobile Device Management APIs can be integrated with third-party solutions to wirelessly configure and update settings, monitor compliance with corporate policies, and even wipe or lock managed iPhone devices.

Wireless App Distribution

iPhone OS 4 enables enterprises to securely host and wirelessly distribute in-house apps to employees over Wi-Fi and 3G. Apps can be updated without requiring users to connect to their computers.

SSL VPN Support

SSL VPN support in iPhone OS 4 gives users another way to securely access enterprise resources. These new protocols can even be leveraged to connect seamlessly to a corporate network via VPN on Demand. Forthcoming apps from Juniper and Cisco will support SSL VPN on iPhone.

While iPhone adoption in the enterprise has been growing, Apple has been criticized for the lack of security and enterprise features required by many businesses. The new security features will certainly be welcomed by enterprise users and IT departments.

Additional information on iPhone OS 4 is available on Apple’s Website:

http://www.apple.com/iphone/preview-iphone-os/

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