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iboss Network Security

August 27, 2014 08:00 ET

iboss Addresses Security Risks Associated With Rising Chromebook Adoption

New Chromebook SSO Authentication Feature Increases Security and BYOD Policy Management for K-12 Schools

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - Aug 27, 2014) - iboss today announced the integration of OAuth2 authentication to enable transparent authentication of Chromebook and Android devices. The single sign-on (SSO) feature enhances security for K-12 schools by streamlining user-based authentication on Chromebooks and other personal Android devices on the organization network. The new feature ensures accurate policy enforcement and regulatory compliance, and also enhances the ability to detect malware infections on devices.

Chromebook adoption continues to gain ground in the education market and a solution that seamlessly authenticates and binds students to their appropriate policies is critical for schools. In 2013, Chromebook's share of the market for tablets and laptops grew from 0.4 percent to 21 percent. This year, Chromebook sales are forecasted to reach 5.2 million units, according to Gartner. iboss' SSO feature offers a simple approach to security by prompting a one-time user registration before allowing Chromebook and Android BYOD users access to the school's network.

"Mobile and cloud-based technology is at the core of education's leap toward the digital classroom, but with it comes numerous challenges around privacy protection and cybersecurity," said Paul Martini, CEO and cofounder of iboss. "Without true SSO authentication, schools cannot enforce BYOD policy and prevent high-risk users from compromising the network."

Benefits to iboss' SSO authentication for Chromebook and Android BYOD include:

  • One-time, user-based authentication per individual accessing the network
  • Automatic login to the organization's directory services via an Active Directory plug-in at the gateway for true transparent SSO
  • Improved visibility for infection detection
  • Accurate BYOD policy enforcement and reporting to ensure a better end-user experience and meet regulatory compliance requirements

"Legacy security vendors are unprepared to protect education resources against threats entering the network via Google's Chromebook and cloud-based mobile devices," continued Martini. "This exposes schools to malware and infections entering the network, and worse, it compromises students' personal data. With this tool, students can continue to benefit from mobile technologies in the classroom."

iboss' SSO authentication for Chromebook is available now. The Android BYOD feature will be available in Q4, 2014. To request a demo, contact sales@iboss.com.

About iboss Network Security
iboss Network Security protects today's borderless networks against malware, advanced threats and data loss with innovative Web Security, Mobile Security and FireSphere™ Layered APT defense. Backed by patented technology, iboss' stream-based approach delivers unparalleled visibility across all inbound/outbound data channels and port-evasive applications, with technology that offers infinite scalability to handle the largest bandwidth demands. iboss outbound data defense includes best of breed AntiVirus, Sandboxing, data anomaly detection, and integrated SIEM-like reporting, to better detect and respond to infections already on your network. Leveraging leading threat protection and unsurpassed usability, iboss is trusted by thousands of organizations and millions of users globally. Visit www.iboss.com