Mobile & VPN
VPN on mobile has been around since iOS and Android entered the scene. However, finding the right one has always been a challenge. Its not just the technology itself, but the UX that can kill even the best VPN solution.
Take for example: Employer requires VPN connection to access Intranet. You tap on it, it launches, but because it requires multifactor auth, you are now searching for your RSA token and that special password plus your AD user name and PW. = FAIL
Employer publishes an crutial application for business function uses VPN on demand. You launch it, because of the VPN full on connection, you hit your data cap on your wireless plan. Now your paying overages. = Fail
Same situation, you launch that critical app, it uses VPN, your device is rendered usless because the VPN doesnt know how to split tunnel traffic that doesnt belong. You find yourself trying to figure out how to kill VPN and thus creating frustration = Fail
VPN client is new and not really optimized for new mobile OS. It launches and battery dies within 2 hours. = Fail
VPN and VDI on mobile have always been a slippery slope of technology. Not only do we as employers and IT security want the best of both worlds we have to come to some realization that the device is still a phone. This can also be said about the executive who wants what they want without realizing the pitfalls of what comes from it. Then it becomes an IT problem because we didnt inform them enough about the reality of the service.
As we get further into the VPN vortex, it has come a long way in the last couple of years, ask yourself is there a better way to send communications?