Despite some security-conscious enterprise experts pointing accusatory fingers at the rather bleak encryption story
and only-recently fixed ActiveSync policy compliance
on the iPhone platform, there's no doubt that IT and network professionals are grooving on the iPhone -- there are many apps
designed for administrators to take control of their operations with a touch of a finger, and now Cisco has stepped in with an informational and alert resource that fits in your pocket.
The Cisco SIO (Security Intelligence Operations) to Go
free app [iTunes link
], requiring iPhone OS 3.0 or later, lets the
properly alert and aware security professional keep tabs on the global threat landscape with Cisco's Cyber Risk Reports, Threat Outbreaks and Mitigation Bulletins, along with podcasts, blog posts and a slew of other branded content. There's also an IronPort-driven IP and email domain scanner, which will grab WHOIS data along with a brief reputation score for your hosts.
Having all this Cisco goodness in one place is handy, although the majority of the app's headlines link to pages on the Cisco site that remain largely iPhone-unfriendly -- even the press release announcing the app's launch is hard to zoom properly -- and there's none of the flexibility of a full-featured RSS reader to forward articles, bookmark or set read/unread points.
Still, as a gesture of goodwill towards the intersection of iPhone users and security professionals, it's a reasonable step. Cisco also has the WebEx Meetings app [iTunes link
] and the Cisco Mobile telephony tool [iTunes link
] in the store, both free.