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.

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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.

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