Friday Notebook, December 20: Workspace ONE digital assistant; deviceTRUST funding

Also: BlackBerry UEM;; iOS security keys; Kandji; Kubernetes; our year-end content, and more!

This is our weekly log of desktop virtualization, enterprise mobility, and end user computing news.

Our blog posts

Jack: BlackBerry UEM is now in on zero trust, user behavior analytics, and mobile threat defense. A look at BlackBerry Intelligent Security, BlackBerry Enterprise Identity, and CylancePROTECT for Mobile.

Kyle: starts to fill the gap between social logins and enterprise identities. Access federal services with a service designed for governmental use but that uses common standards.

Kyle: iOS 13.3 adds support for NFC, USB, and Lightning security keys. Android has had this feature forever and finally Apple catches up, or does it?

Jack: A look at Kandji, the newest Mac management vendor in the market. Kandji offers automatic compliance and remediation, aimed at mid-market organizations.

Rachel Berry: Kubernetes: What is it and why is it relevant to EUC? Rachel Berry digs into a question many of us have had, but may have been afraid to ask.

Special end of the year content

Jack: My favorite articles of 2019, and why I wrote them. Behind every article, there’s another whole story!

Kyle: My favorite articles of 2019—Now featuring more than security, like identity and more! I’ve learned to actually branch out more this year covering a wide variety of topics—not just security.

We’ve had quite the deluge of posts this week; we have one more planned for next week to cover the most popular articles of the year. We’ll be back on a regular schedule on January 2, 2020.

Industry news

deviceTRUST has landed seven-digit (the actual amount unspecified) series A funding. We looked at deviceTRUST earlier this year and found it to be rather clever: it provides conditional access controls for virtual desktops, using agents in the client and host connected by virtual channels in the remoting protocol.

There’s been quite a flurry of end-of-the-year Citrix releases:

VMware has also been busy with releases:

Apple has replaced its iOS security whitepaper with a new set of web pages at You can still get a PDF by scrolling to the link on the bottom of the page. Everything has been updated for iOS 13.3, macOS 10.15.2, and the recent releases for all the other operating systems.

IGEL announced another client that will be embedded in IGEL OS. This time, it’s support for Ericom’s PowerTerm terminal emulation software. And speaking of IGEL, their DISRUPT conference is running from January 27 to 29 in Nashville, and I’ll be there. I’m looking forward to seeing everybody at what will be my first conference of 2020!

The Edge Addons Store is now open. (Via WinBuzzer.) Now the question is will the enterprise use Chromium Edge? And, what will Microsoft do to keep the store free of scammy extensions, which can be a problem for Chrome and other modern browser extension stores.

LogMeIn, which a few years ago acquired all of the GoTo products from Citrix, will be acquired by a group of hedge funds that includes Elliott, the very same firm forced all the changes at Citrix starting four and a half years ago.

Fleetsmith (Mac management) has added support for deploying custom apps.

Other reads, news, and notes

Most of the summer, I never heard much from Powwow Mobile, makers of software that can transform legacy apps into mobile apps. As it turns out, they were acquired by Magic Software all the way back in May.

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