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Cloudpath Introduces Automated Device Enablement (ADE) Framework for BYOD and Beyond

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ADE brings usability, manageability and security to personal devices

WESTMINSTER, Colo., Feb. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cloudpath Networks today announced availability of the XpressConnect Enrollment System (ES) 3.0 (www.cloudpath.net/products/), the industry's first Automated Device Enablement (ADE) platform that combines secure device onboarding and advanced certificate management.

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Automated Device Enablement allows devices to be assimilated into the enterprise easily, securely, and without IT overhead.  Designed for the era of personal devices, ADE provides infrastructure-based control and security for both personal and IT-owned devices without the need for on-device agents.  Modeled after carrier networks, ADE uses smart, policy-associated certificates to provide visibility and control over every device starting at the Wi-Fi layer and working upward.

"Automated Device Enablement allows environments to selectively enable services and capabilities on a device-by-device basis for a full spectrum of users, including guests, contractors, BYOD and IT, in a manner that is secure, scalable and sustainable," said Kevin Koster, founder and CEO of Cloudpath. 

The Automated Device Enablement framework centers around six key premises:

  1. Every device should have secure, encrypted connectivity, even if that connectivity is Internet-only.  A device without connectivity is worthless, a device with unencrypted access is dangerous, and a device with secure connectivity has value. 
  2. Wi-Fi is the new hub for the enterprise.  Enterprises should handle guests, contractors, partners, suppliers, BYOD, IT and more in a consistent, secure and effective manner.
  3. The days of one user equals one device are over. Today's graduates (and tomorrow's employees) now regularly use 4-5 Wi-Fi devices.  With multiple devices, use patterns change.  Environments should handle both low-value/low-risk devices and high-value/high-risk devices in a manner that efficiently captures the potential value from each device.  
  4. Begin with least-privilege access and build upward. The highest volume of devices will need least-privilege, typically just Internet-only secure Wi-Fi access.  Be sure to tackle these in a cost-effective and user-friendly manner.  As you move up the privilege ladder, ensure that the value of the additional privileges is greater than the associated costs (IT overhead, risk, user perception, etc.). 
  5. Tread lightly on personal devices while maintaining security appropriate for the device's use. Infrastructure-based control helps maintain consistency across the fragmenting device landscape. Standards and existing protocols are preferable to proprietary agents and apps. 
  6. Plan beyond the network.  Wi-Fi is the starting point for services, but devices commonly need access to other services, such as VPNs, web proxies, email and websites (single sign-on or two-factor). Environments should ensure that each device is automatically enabled with the appropriate services and capabilities to match both IT policies and the device's intended use. 

"We are transitioning out of a period where BYOD was seen as risk to be restricted and into a period where BYOD is seen as an opportunity for value creation. The opportunity today is to capture that value," said Koster. "Automated Device Enablement recognizes that value resides in varying amounts in a wide array of devices. ADE provides the right mechanism to unlock that value with better usability, manageability and security than previously possible."

XpressConnect ES 3.0 is designed to allow an ADE approach to be deployed quickly and easily, even in complex, distributed environments. With XpressConnect ES, IT can easily adapt to new use cases and visually monitor devices and their associated policies in real-time from a single dashboard. 

"XpressConnect ES's unique certificate management capabilities, combined with our unmatched onboarding expertise, provide a plug-and-play system that overcomes the limitations of Wi-Fi onboarding and traditional burdens of PKI."

For more information about XpressConnect ES 3.0 and Automated Device Enablement, please visit (www.cloudpath.net).

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About Cloudpath Networks
Cloudpath Networks, Inc. provides automated device enablement (ADE) solutions that simplify the adoption of standards-based Wi-Fi security, including WPA2-Enterprise, 802.1X, and X.509, in diverse BYOD environments. Founded in 2006, Cloudpath Networks invented the modern onboarding model for personal devices and continues to drive the industry's adoption of standards-based security en masse. The Cloudpath XpressConnect solutions are proven worldwide to bring simplicity to secure networks through automated and easy-to-use form and function. To learn more, visit (www.cloudpath.net).

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