Apple's iOS 9.3 Provides Enterprises With More MDM Features
Today's topics include a discovery that iOS 9.3 will give enterprises more control over employees' devices, the attorney general's explanation as to why Apple should crack the iPhone, the data loss prevention features that Google Apps for Work users gain in Gmail, and how AT&T and DirecTV will let users dump the dish and stream TV content.
Apple's upcoming iOS 9.3 mobile operating system will provide enterprises with more control over mobile devices issued to employees, including the ability to control home screen layouts, to blacklist or whitelist apps, and to maintain notification settings.
The new mobile device management features were uncovered in Apple's latest Configuration Profile Reference materials for developers.
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says she's surprised that Apple has put up a legal firewall against the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the San Bernardino iPhone backdoor case, because it has cooperated with federal law enforcement in the past.
Lynch addressed a packed house March 1 at the RSA Conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, at which a record 35,000 security professionals are gathered for most of this week.
Since Apple has previously cooperated with the government, "I think this is a case of 'Will you do what you've always done?' which is what every American citizen and company should do: Comply with the law," Lynch said.
Google has updated the data loss prevention capabilities in Gmail for customers of the premium business version of Google Apps for Work. The new functions, announced Feb. 29, include those that enable scanning of images in email attachments, enhanced detection of personally identifiable content in email messages and better control over data loss prevention policies.
The enhancements build on the DLP capabilities for Gmail that Google introduced last December for customers of its Google Apps Unlimited service.
AT&T and DirecTV customers will be able to dump their satellite dishes and receive a wide range of video content via wired or wireless Internet streaming on any device under new services that are expected to launch by the end of 2016.
The mobile carrier and its satellite TV unit unveiled the coming offerings in a March 1 announcement.
Customers will have three service options that will provide access to a multitude of DirecTV Now packages that deliver various assortments of content similar to DirecTV content today, DirecTV Mobile packages that they can view anywhere or DirecTV Preview packages with ad-supported free content, according to the companies.