Mobile device management (MDM) systems and enterprise security systems are starting to converge. An example: Zenprise, an MDM software provider, has joined the Palo Alto Networks Technology Partner Program. The result: Zenprise MobileManager MDM software now interoperates with Palo Alto Networks' firewalls.
For managed services providers, the Zenprise-Palo Alto Networks relationship means it could get easier to manage smartphones and tablets without worrying about complex firewall settings. The Zenprise-Palo Alto relationship also allows IT service providers and customers to:
- Automatically provision and configure Palo Alto Networks GlobalProtect connectivity for iOS devices utilizing Zenprise MobileManager;
- provision, view and control applications on a wide range of smartphones and tablets;
- ensure that all mobile devices adhere to corporate security policy and best practices; and
- enable BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) while maintaining security and compliance requirements.