CNET Editors' note: The "Download Now" link directs you to the iTunes App Store, where you must continue the download process. You must have iTunes installed in order to open the link, and you must have an active iTunes account to download the application. This download may not be available in some countries.
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Cisco AnyConnect is an iOS app for connecting through VPNs (not necessarily those controlled by Cisco hardware). It provide access through a secure tunnel to allow iPhones and iPads to access corporate e-mail, files, and remote desktops. The app is free and works with any VPN that supports the standard DTLS security layer.
Cisco AnyConnect is a popular application for laptops that many road warriors employ. The port to the iOS environment is well done, and we had no trouble connecting to the same devices through our iPad and iPhone as we did with our Windows-based laptops and MacBook Pro. There are a lot of configuration options available with Cisco AnyConnect, but the standard settings will work for most VPNs after users specify the address and log-in information. If you need to tweak, it's easy to do so. The Cisco AnyConnect interface is clean and simple to work with to set up a connection, and once it's set up, accessing those networks again is a click away.
Performance of Cisco AnyConnect depends on your connection and how fast the remote VPN server is, but we found the speed of the iOS app to be comparable with the Windows application. While you're probably not going to log in and control your remote high-res workstation through your iPhone, the ability to grab a file or check e-mails and other messages while away from a larger device is handy, extending the virtual office one step further.
From Cisco Systems:
Administrators If you have any questions regarding licensing or would like evaluation licenses, please contact ac-mobile-license-request (AT) cisco.com and include a copy of "show version" from your Cisco ASA. If you already have an Essentials or Premium ASA license, you may use the automated license request tool at: https://tools.cisco.com/SWIFT/Licensing/PrivateRegistrationServlet?FormId=717.Please note that AnyConnect for iOS requires a Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) running software image 8.0(3).1 or later. The ASA requires an AnyConnect Mobile license (L-ASA-AC-M-55XX=), as well as either an AnyConnect Essentials (L-ASA-AC-E-55XX=) or AnyConnect Premium Clientless SSL VPN Edition (L-ASA-AC-SSL-YYYY=) license, where XX is the last two digits of your ASA model number and YYYY is the number of simultaneous users. AnyConnect Mobile and Essentials licenses are enabled per ASA, there is no per user charge for either of these licenses.-------------------------------------Cisco AnyConnect provides reliable and easy-to-deploy encrypted network connectivity from any Apple iOS 4 device by delivering persistent corporate access for users on the go. Whether providing access to business email, a virtual desktop session, or most other iOS 4 applications, AnyConnect enables business-critical application connectivity. Through the use of Datagram Transport Layer Security (DTLS), TCP-based applications and latency-sensitive traffic (such as voice over IP [VoIP]) are provided an optimized communication path to corporate resources. Features: - Automatically adapts its tunneling to the most efficient method possible based on network constraints, using TLS and DTLS- DTLS provides an optimized connection for TCP-based application access and latency-sensitive traffic, such as VoIP traffic- Network roaming capability allows connectivity to resume seamlessly after IP address change, loss of connectivity, or device standby- Wide Range of Authentication Options: RADIUS, RSA SecurID, Active Directory/Kerberos, Digital Certificates, LDAP, multifactor authentication- Supports certificate deployment using Apple iOS and AnyConnect integrated SCEP- Compatible with Apple iOS Connect On Demand VPN capability for automatic VPN connections when required by an application- Policies can be preconfigured or configured locally, and can be automatically updated from the VPN headend- Access to internal IPv4 and IPv6 network resources- Administrator-controlled split / full tunneling network access policy If you are an end-user and have any issues or concerns, please contact your organizations support department. If you are a System Administrator having difficulties configuring or utilizing the Application, please contact your designated support point of contact. If you would like to give feedback, suggestions, or leave comments directly to the team, you can reach us on Twitter by using the #anyconnect hashtag.Release Notes: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/security/vpn_client/anyconnect/anyconnect25/release/notes/rn-ac2.5-iOS.htmlUser Guide:http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/security/vpn_client/anyconnect/anyconnect25/iOS-user/guide/iphone-ugac-ios.html
What's new in this version: AnyConnect 2.5.5130 is a hot fix release that contains the following changes:- Restore ability to connect to secure gateways running recent versions of Cisco IOS- Improvements to error reporting and logging- Fix error pop up when connecting using VPN-on-demand and importing an AnyConnect XML profile that contains a connection with the same name as a previously imported IPCU VPN connection.- Add the ability to control the Network Roaming setting for connections imported from IPCU- Fix memory leak... See all new features
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