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Blue Cedar Releases Enterprise Mobility Management Alternative

Blue Cedar launches new enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution that moves security focus from the device to the health IT app.

Blue Cedar releases new enterprise mobility management solution.

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By Elizabeth O'Dowd

- Blue Cedar announced the release of its new enterprise mobile security platform aimed at extending traditional enterprise mobility management (EMM) solutions. The platform provides secure data access for all end users and secured mobile data without having to directly manage endpoint devices.

Blue Cedar aims to enhance mobile adoption by eliminating usability and privacy challenges that are common with device-centric mobility management solutions.

Blue Cedar Chief Product Officer Chis Ford said that the company is focused on providing organizations with a fast and simple way to supplement traditional mobile device management (MDM) solutions.

The platform secures the enterprise mobile app, not the endpoint device or the device-resident container. This allows Blue Cedar to deliver security controls without impacting user productivity or device privacy requirements.

The Blue Cedar security controls are imbedded into the enterprise apps that allows employees to use them without being hindered by device security restrictions.

The MedStar Institute for Innovation chose Blue Cedar as the platform to build a mobile app that contains protected patient information and that could be run by clinicians on their own personal mobile devices.

“We were looking for the simultaneous fulfillment of two critical design specs: rigorous security and rapid access,” MedStar Health Chief Innovation Officer Mark Smith, MD said in a statement. “The solution had to act heavy but feel light, i.e. be transparent to the busy clinicians who cannot spend even seconds navigating layers of controls that create user friction and discourages use, which in turn can impede early diagnosis and immediate treatment.”

The platform provides IT with granular security controls for all native, hybrid, and web enterprise apps. The security controls allow organizations to comply with internal policies and external regulations, such as HIPAA, without writing any new security code. The apps can securely access data in public or private cloud-based storage.

The platform supports a broad range of frameworks, including Microsoft Xamarin, and additional functionality to ensure compatibility with native, hybrid, or web-based enterprise mobile apps.

The platform also includes app trust functionality that allows the sharing of security policies across trusted apps on a device to streamline authentication and control data sharing among these apps, without the need for an EMM container.

Organizations and vendors are looking to improve upon traditional EMM and MDM solutions as the adoption of mobility solutions demands more flexibility without sacrificing security.

Traditional EMM solutions focus first on securing the device and then adding layers of other security features, such as mobile application management (MAM), mobile content management (MCM), and identity and access management (IAM).

Stacking mobile security features on top of one another makes the EMM solution bulky and difficult to utilize. Users must go through long authentication processes.

In a healthcare setting, clinicians cannot afford to use technology that doesn’t offer fast data access because of dated security restrictions.

Many vendors are producing alternative solutions to traditional EMM and MDM, taking the focus off the device.

The endpoint device is the most vulnerable part of the equation because IT has the least amount of control over it. Eliminating the need to secure the endpoint altogether significantly reduces the risk of a data breach because the network is no longer compromised if a device is lost or stolen.

Solutions focusing on app management, security, and virtualization solutions have emerged as alternatives to device security solutions.

Virtual mobile infrastructure (VMI) is a promising strategy for bringing more security and control into the mobile environment. Using virtualization to give users remote access to their mobile environment could potentially isolate many security concerns currently plaguing the healthcare industry.

VMI uses the same concept as virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). Instead of routing desktop operating systems to mobile devices, VMI routs mobile operating systems to mobile devices. VMI relies on container technology and virtual gateways to give users access to an entirely separate device within their device.

Healthcare mobile security has become more complicated as more mobile strategies are introduced into health IT infrastructure. Simplifying mobile security processes gives users a better experience and gives IT more visibility and control over the mobile devices accessing the network.