Friday Notebook, February 28: RSA Conference; MTD news; and Android 11 COPE

Also: Workspot; VDI Like a Pro; Citrix App Protection; Workspace ONE; remote browsing; IoT; and more.

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Jack: Android 11 Developer Preview is out. What does the enterprise need to know? The updates are mostly incremental, but that’s a sign of Android Enterprise maturity. However, it’s still early in the development cycle, and things could change as we get a closer look.

Jack: A closer look at Workspot’s Cloud Desktop Fabric, which is now GA. The idea is that different Azure regions shouldn’t matter, and that you should be able to put your desktops anywhere, right next to the user.

Jack: The 2020 VDI Like a Pro survey is now open. Help out this community effort today! We’ve long benefited from the results of this independent desktop virtualization and EUC-focused survey, so we’re happy to help promote it.

Kyle: RSA 2020 day 1: Windows 10X & secured core PCs; Hysolate updates; LastPass passwordless login. Security-focused conferences are my time to shine--and geek out on the latest in security news.

Kyle: What’s the deal with Microsoft Defender for Android and iOS? AV in 2020 on a mobile device sure does sound funny, so what is it really?

Industry news

As I noted in the update to my Android 11 article, the changes to the COPE experience in the next version of Android are looking to be more dramatic than I initially thought. Jason Bayton has written an overview covering how the “work profile on fully managed device” management mode will apparently be replaced by the “enhanced work profile.” This is in service of increased privacy, but comes with reduced enterprise control. Personal usage on a corporate-liable device is always going to be a tricky topic, and opinions are going to vary. The issue here seems to be that Google is deciding to take a different approach than before, and not everybody agrees with the change or how it was made. We’ll be talking about this more as Android 11 proceeds. As I wrote a while back, BYOD is still evolving and still requires plenty of careful attention.

VMware has announced Pradeo as another addition to the Workspace ONE Trust Network. Also on the Workspace ONE front, VMware’s SCIM integration with Okta is now GA.

Citrix App Protection, which provides protection against keylogging and screen capture on BYOD devices and was announced last spring at Synergy, is now GA. It’s just for on-premises CVAD deployments, though, and doesn’t yet cover SaaS and web apps. I’m really curious how this works under the hood, so we’ll try to schedule a call with Citrix.

Idaptive has announced new agents for handling device logins on Windows and macOS. Endpoint logins have been evolving rapidly; Kyle is working on an article about Idaptive’s take on this.

Over the last few years, we’ve looked at a bunch of remote browsing offerings, from the likes of Citrix, Ericom, Menlo, Garrison, and Fireglass. This week saw more action in the space, as McAfee has acquired browser isolation vendor Light Point Security (via SiliconANGLE). This trend is clearly getting traction, and then on top of it, there are all of the containerized, local desktop browser options out there, too.

Lookout this week announced a “nearly” 250% increase in business customers for their last fiscal year. They have not disclosed any overall revenue or customers, though. Lookout has $232.3 million in funding, according to Crunchbase. Kyle recently covered Lookout’s integrations with Google, Microsoft, and VMware.

More reads and notes

Aaron Freimark of GroundControl, which was recently acquired by Imprivata, was a guest on the Mac Admins Podcast this week. GroundControl is a unique and interesting product for iOS device deployment; I’ve always enjoyed the Mac Admins Podcast; and Aaron has been a recurring guest on the Podcast. So in other words, go subscribe and listen to the latest episode!

On my reading list for the weekend: Apple released white papers about the Mac Pro (PDF link) and the Pro Display XDR (PDF link). 

Microsoft Azure Sphere went GA this week (via ZDNet). I found this notable since RSA was this week, and Azure Sphere was first announced almost two years ago at RSA 2018. In that time, we’ve gotten a much better picture of how closely—or not closely—IoT relates to EUC. The answer, as we’ve found, generally relates to whether or not the device has a human user, whether it uses a two-tier or three-tier management architecture, and whether it’s under the purview of IT or operational technology departments. Related, and contributor Colm Warner just wrote this guide to managing Android Things.

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