Organizations wanting to secure access from their mobile users have three options: SDK for native mobile apps, OpenID Connect, and Access Manager’s own MobileAccess App. Your choice as to which option works best for you depends your approach:
Development teams focused on leveraging specific aspects of the platform may prefer native SDKs. Access Manager offers an Objective-C API for iOS that can be dropped in with no source coding needed. Using this approach sensitive data such as access, refresh tokens are securely stored in device Keychain. The SDK also provides a test app to verify that everything is working.
OAuth and OpenID Connect
For organizations taking a cross platform approach to their mobile development, they will likely use OAuth or OpenID Connect to perform a federated authentication. Access Manager is able to receive and process those and authorize OAuth tokens as well as all the other processes needs to be a server. It also supports OpenID Connect endpoints, making it an exception choice for those building on their current identity and access management infrastructure.
NetIQ offers the MobileAccess App for both iOS and Android. The app is a secure location from which users can access AppMarks or shortcuts to you web based applications. MobileAccess is valuable because it not only secures access to protected applications, it offers a mini portal full of one touch icons delivering quick and easy access to mobile users as long as they have connectivity. In the background Access Manager invokes the same level of access control and single sign on as it does for any other application. AppMarks are especially well suited for dynamic web-based applications that adjust to the form factor being used.
Above all AppMarks are fast to setup, typically less than a few hours. Users have self-service credential and device management making MobleAccess a smart choice for organizations that have a large number of applications that they want pushed out to their mobile users. It also serves as an interim solution for organization that have mobile app projects scheduled but who need to provide mobile access now. And because AppMarks are automatically included in any single sign-on and access control policies that have been setup, the total cost of ownership is unbeatable. The MobileAccess App is free to users.