Aerohive announces new iOS App for guest and BYOD management

Wi-Fi solutions provider adds enhanced security services dedicated to protecting and enabling mobile and IoT initiatives; company also partners with Impulse to ensure end-to-end network security

Aerohive announces new iOS App for guest and BYOD management

Aerohive Networks today announced it has developed a new iOS App for guest and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) management. It has also enhanced its security services to further protect wireless networks across organisations, including those with Internet of Things (IoT initiatives. In addition, the company announced it is teaming with Impulse to deliver end-to-end network security, protection and visibility.

With the ever-increasing demand for mobility and wireless rapidly replacing Ethernet as the primary access method onto the network, organisations across all sectors are concerned about the security challenges that lie ahead, Aerohive has noted.

BYOD and IoT challenges
The mobility landscape is continually evolving with the onslaught of BYOD and wearable devices, making it increasingly challenging for organisations to maintain a high level of visibility and control, while keeping up with the latest security requirements and practices to protect their network.

Additionally, as the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to explode, Internet-connected devices – such as surveillance systems, building sensors and temperature monitors – will require high-speed, high capacity network connectivity as well as external connectivity.

Aerohive is expanding its security capabilities to help organisations remain secure, flexible and in control with new enhancements to its ID Manager application and Private Pre-Shared Key (PPSK) feature.

ID Manager now has an accompanying iOS app that enables self-service guest and BYOD registration by employees. The intuitive design and automated workflow helps avoid mistakes and reduce helpdesk calls to IT, while delegating administration of private pre-shared keys to employees in Active Directory.

Aerohive PPSK feature
Aerohive’s PPSK feature provides the simplicity of a pre-shared key (PSK) with the security of 802.1X to enforce identity-based access. The power of the PPSK is its simplicity in connecting users and the control it provides for administrators. With the ability to easily onboard and identify devices, organisations can scale their network for BYOD and IoT support without compromising security and eliminate complexity concerns.

While classic PSK does not allow the revocation of a single user’s credentials (since all users share the same passphrase), private PSK offers a unique key per individual, allowing the administrator to revoke a single set of credentials.

Aerohive’s PPSK unlocks additional capabilities for the IT manager, including role-based access (either user or device) with the ability to specify application accessibility, VLAN assignment, firewall policies, minimum and maximum bandwidth allowances, and time of-day rights.

Aerohive ID Manager
Aerohive’s new and improved ID Manager is the first enterprise access management system to leverage the cloud to simplify and automate the deployment and onboarding of guest and employee personal devices to the enterprise network.

With their unique PSK, guests can easily be registered by any employee, and employees can seamlessly on-board their personal devices. At the same time, IT is provided with granular visibility and control over who and what, gains network access, when and how.

Impulse partnership
In addition, Aerohive has partnered with Impulse to extend its security functionality to network access control (NAC). Combining Aerohive’s cooperative control network infrastructure and Impulse SafeConnect solutions utilises key advantages from both architectures. Impulse is a provider of contextual intelligence and access control solutions in support of BYOD-friendly enterprises

Impulse’s device-centric access control approach integrates directly with Aerohive’s access point user profiles to dynamically assign Layer 2-7 firewall policies and quality-of-service privileges without the need for VLAN steering, while also providing real-time device security assessment and enforcement. SafeConnect for Aerohive delivers enterprise-grade NAC, while ensuring the best possible network performance and user experience.

“The combination of Aerohive’s and Impulse’s cloud-based management services, in conjunction with our respective controller-less and access control architectures deliver a unique industry-leading approach for securing and supporting BYOD environments in a highly-simplified fashion,” said Dennis Muley, president, Impulse. “Our technology partnership represents a tremendous value proposition for our mutual customers.”

“Today, every user, device and application poses a potential threat to networks, and IT teams are finding themselves struggling to balance the demand for flexibility from the user and organisation against the security needs required to protect the network,” said David Greene, chief marketing officer, Aerohive Networks.

“Aerohive’s suite of security apps and services is designed to protect the network from the inside and out. The strategic alliance with Impulse coupled with our strong solution set equips customers with the strong authentication, simplified on-boarding and granular application visibility and control organisations need to ensure their networks are secure end-to-end.”

Pricing and Availability
• ID Manager is sold in packs of concurrent users, starting at $500/year US for 10 active credentials. The new iOS ID Manager App is a free download on iTunes with an active ID Manager subscription.
• Aerohive’s PPSK feature is available today on all Aerohive access points and branch routers running HiveOS 5.0 or later.
• Integration with Impulse is available today for free to all current Aerohive customers with access points running HiveOS 6.4 or later.

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