Centralized management favors iPhone in the corporate environment

Centralized management favors iPhone in the corporate environment

The American systems management company Kace is launching a device that promises to significantly facilitate the adoption of the iPhone by large companies and corporations.

Like the BlackBerry Enterprise Server, the new software, compatible with its line of KBOX devices, allows technology and information security departments to centralize and manage their iPhone investments. Administrators can also access reports on the use of the device in the company more easily.

Also interesting is the way in which this system works, capable of even managing the private iPhones of company employees, since it is capable of identifying which machines have iTunes installed to manage the mobile device.

In this way, the system allows the installation of a profile on these phones that guarantees its use in compliance with the corporation's security policies, in addition to tracking its use, the expenses associated with each device and monitoring (and deactivating, if necessary) installed applications.

The interest of the corporate world in the Apple phone is not insignificant: according to a recent survey by the ChangeWave Research institute, 22% of IT managers intend, next year, to distribute the iPhone to their employees. The same study pointed to Apple's phone as the second most popular corporate smartphone on the market, second only to Research In Motion devices.

At the bank where I work, I am strongly against adopting systems or devices that do not have a robust centralized management system, even to be able to comply with international information security and corporate governance standards such as ISO / IEC 27001 and 27001 and PCI-DSS.