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July 18, 2012
Identity management is coming to Apple‘s (NASDAQ: AAPL) top-selling tablet via OneLogin, a provider of identity and management cloud services. Dubbed the “first native iPad app that offers enterprise-class identity and access management” for both public and private cloud applications, OneLogin for iPad was designed to extend OneLogin’s cloud-based service to the world’s most popular tablet.
With tens of millions of iPads on the market and no expectations for the Apple mobile device to start diving in the polls (although up-and-coming contenders such as Microsoft) are hoping to change that, mobile device management of iPads as the BYOD trend continues to grow is becoming increasingly important. Perhaps that’s where OneLogin can play an important role in securing the Apple iPad with a simple, cloud-based tool.
OneLogin will provide one-click access to any web application in a secure manner at no cost, said Thomas Pedersen, OneLogin’s CEO. He proceeded to take a shot at competitors, saying in a prepared statement that “mobile users were forced to deal with watered down versions of applications, and the cumbersome process of entering information on the iPad hampered both productivity and adoption.”
Pedersen noted OneLogin can make virtually any SaaS application immediately useful on the iPad.
To give a boost to iPad security, OneLogin uses the company’s multifactor authentication that already ties into security partners’ products. Not a bad idea, considering the number of executives bringing iPads into the office and telling their IT departments to “make it work.”
Eric Ahlm, Gartner research director, noted mobile device management (MDM) has done a good job of securing the first mobile device wave but often falls short in securing the applications.
“We are seeing a trend of companies struggling with the ‘next app’ phenomenon, asking Gartner how to secure a broader set of applications on mobile platforms beyond email,” Ahlm said in a prepared statement. Gartner predicts Apple iOS will remain the dominant tablet operating system in 2012, with 61.4 percent of overall sales.
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