Blue Cedar today introduced Enforce, a mobile app security solution that is tailor-made for the cloud. Blue Cedar Enforce enables customers to secure existing mobile apps automatically using in-app embedded controls that enforce a broad range of security policies, including those governing mobile access, data encryption, and attestation, among others. Additionally, users can now enjoy the benefits of greater modularity and the nimbleness of cloud-native architecture. The service will launch Dec. 13, initially on the Microsoft Azure Cloud.
“Corporate workloads are moving en masse to the cloud and—true to our philosophy of security following the app everywhere it is used and connected—we are now offering our core functionality as a native cloud service,” said Blue Cedar CEO John Aisien. “We’re very excited about this release, which serves as the foundation for deeper integration between Blue Cedar and the Microsoft cloud stack over time.”
Enforce comprises a subset of the functionality in Blue Cedar’s flagship Enterprise solution. Building upon Blue Cedar’s industry-leading code injection technology, the new cloud-based Enforce solution includes data-at-rest encryption, local app authentication, and integrity verification to ensure that its in-app security controls are not modified after deployment. The more modularized client also enables incremental Blue Cedar cloud services, such as dynamic policies, encryption key management, and codeless custom screen modification and does not require an SDK. “Think of Enforce as the iPod Nano of mobile app security solutions—with all the power of our incumbent solution but with more flexibility, agility, and elasticity,” said Aisien.
Healthcare is one of many industries where Enforce will be especially useful. The rapid proliferation of digital health mobile and IoT apps is critical to patient telehealth service delivery, management of medical devices for chronic conditions, managing the efficacy of patient clinical trials, personal health management, and numerous other use cases that improve healthcare outcomes and efficiency. Healthcare organizations are acutely aware of the risks that insecure apps can pose to patient and clinical data.
“We look forward to working with Blue Cedar to deliver a unique service to Microsoft’s public cloud customers, especially in the healthcare space,” said Hector Rodriguez, Microsoft’s Worldwide Health CISO. “Enforce can play a key role in providing secure use of the processing power and data storage capacity of modern smartphones and tablets—which is essential to improving healthcare outcomes and aligns with Microsoft’s healthcare digital transformation pillars.”
The cloud-based Enforce solution will be sold primarily through value-added resellers (VARs). Blue Cedar plans to move more functionality to the cloud, in keeping with the larger industry trend that has seen everything from application, platform, and data services workloads migrate to public clouds.