OpenDNS Opens Up Umbrella for Mobile Security
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OpenDNS CEO and Founder David Ulevitch explained to Datamation that there are a few different ways the Umbrella mobile security offering can be deployed to users.
"The IT administrators can provision accounts for all the employees who then get a link to download the app from the AppStore," Ulevitch said. "The IT administrator can also roll out a mobile configuration."
Ulevitch noted that if an enterprise is already using a Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution, they can just deploy the Umbrella configuration that leverages the existing iOS VPN support. The mobile configuration defines the setting required to connect to the Umbrella service via a secure VPN tunnel.
"Unlike traditional VPNs that will take you back to the enterprise headquarters, this one will take you to the closest OpenDNS datacenter, to improve latency and performance," Ulevitch said.
Apple iOS users have control over their own devices and can potentially simply disable the VPN. While that might present a challenge for a basic VPN, Ulevitch is confident that the Umbrella approach mitigates that risk.