Cisco AnyConnect is an app designed to let you connect securely to VPNs. This is an app for enterprise users who need a secure way to connect to a VPN at their place of work. Coming from a trusted name like Cisco, the app provides a level of safety and security that should be welcome by those who have need of such an app.
Built-in help: The built-in help within the application is quite useful. A small icon in the bottom right-hand corner of a given screen will pull up an explanation of the menu items. This is helpful for people who might need to use a VPN but who aren't as technically experienced. The help feature is comprehensive and easy to access, which is always welcome in advanced applications.
Setup ease: Connecting to a VPN was very straightforward, and worked the first time with no glitches. As long as you have the server address, username, and password you should have no problems connecting to your network.
Smooth performance: The app connected seamlessly to the test VPN, and provided smooth and reliable performance. There was no drop-off in speed or responsiveness as can sometimes happen when connecting to a VPN.
Bare-bones design: Although we realize this is an enterprise app, it appears as if very little thought at all went into the design. The app's interface is just a series of buttons and text boxes and doesn't look all that different from the built-in settings pages of iOS, except with a different color scheme. A little more design consideration might have been welcome.
At the end of the day, if you need a secure way to access your work VPN from your iPhone, Cisco AnyConnect is probably a worthwhile option. It is easy to set up and provides a fast and reliable connection. The design is minimal, but the app certainly functions as advertised.
From Cisco Systems:
LICENSING AND INFRASTRUCTURE REQUIREMENTS: You must have an active AnyConnect Plus, Apex or VPN Only term/contract to utilize this software. Use is no longer permitted for older Essentials/Premium with Mobile licensing. AnyConnect may never be used with non-Cisco headends. Trial AnyConnect Apex (ASA) licenses are available for administrators at www.cisco.com/go/licenseAnyConnect for iOS requires Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Boot image 8. 0 (4) or later. Per App VPN requires ASA 9. 3 (2) or later (5500-X/ASAv only) with Plus, Apex or VPN Only licensing and a minimum Apple iOS version of 8. 3. In the current release, the Per App functions are not eligible for Cisco TAC support. Please send questions/report issues to firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional licensing questions, please contact ac-mobile-license-request (AT) cisco.com and include a copy of "show version" from your Cisco ASA. Licensing Ordering Guide: http://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en/us/products/security/anyconnect-og. pdfCisco AnyConnect provides reliable and easy-to-deploy encrypted network connectivity from any Apple iOS by delivering persistent corporate access for users on the go. Whether providing access to business email, a virtual desktop session, or most other iOS 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. Additionally, AnyConnect support IPsec IKEv2 with Next Generation Encryption. 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- Per App VPN (New in AnyConnect 4. x) If you are an end-user and have any issues or concerns, please contact your organization's 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: https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/security/vpn_client/anyconnect/anyconnect40/release/notes/b_Release_Notes_Apple_iOS_AnyConnect_4-0-x. htmlUser Guide: https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/security/vpn_client/anyconnect/anyconnect40/user/guide/b_Apple_iOS_AnyConnect_User_Guide_4-0-x. htmlEnd user license: http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/security/vpn_client/anyconnect/anyconnect40/license/end_user/AnyConnect-SEULA-v4-x. html.