Project Description

MobileIron

Taylor Vinters’ MobileIron solution increases security and agility

16 February 2021

Our client

Taylor Vinters LLP is an international law firm that has been supported by Appurity for 9 years. Their clients are entrepreneurs and businesses that drive the innovation economy, and the firm operates from innovation clusters in the UK, Asia and the US.

The firm has a mobile strategy based upon Android Enterprise with key functional access to documents and email being provided by Rubus for iManage and 9Folders, previously the devices were managed by an on-premise UEM.

The requirements

Taylor Vinters’ next phase of their Cloud First strategy was to create a more agile working environment and move from on-premise to cloud with SaaS delivery for services where possible, provided security and compliance requirements were approved.

By March 2020 the firm already had a major project underway to move away from a longstanding office-based, desktop PC infrastructure, and a quarter of its workforce were using corporate devices for agile work. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, the need to ensure all its workforce could work flexibly was expedited.

During this time, the firm was installing more and more apps onto corporate devices: functionality apps for videoconferencing and web-browsing, wellness apps, and tools for security and compliance protection. It was crucial to develop a solution that prioritised secure access to business-critical data and a range of mobile applications.

The Solution

As a fully featured solution with an intuitive user interface, a MobileIron UEM solution was agreed as a natural fit for both parties – which Appurity deployed across the firm’s devices.

By implementing the fully managed solution set of Android Enterprise, Taylor Vinters were able to assert full control and central management over company devices and apps available for installation, for optimal security and to minimise unexpected or unknown risks.

Appurity deployed MobileIron’s proprietary Tunnel solution across executive devices, which provided the firm’s partners secure access to services behind the firewall. For an additional layer of security, Appurity also deployed Lookout Mobile Endpoint Protection across the entire estate to specifically mitigate external threats.

Appurity’s mobile solution enabled Taylor Vinters to adapt its compliance configurations at a device level – ensuring all devices adhered to the firm’s specific compliance policies and requirements.

Appurity’s team also configured Rubus for iManage 10 as part of its solution, for full iManage integration with individual users’ native email client.

As part of Taylor Vinters’ broader solution for increased agile working, the firm opted for multi-factor authentication to enable employees to connect their mobile devices with their laptops. Now, access to applications on laptops can be easily and efficiently authenticated using the biometrics capabilities of a mobile device.

Crucially, at a time when full project delivery couldn’t be managed on-site, Appurity Mobile Managed Services, which specialises in device builds and deployments, was able to provide the MobileIron UEM solution completely remotely, ensuring a COVID-secure delivery, and with a simple setup process for all the firm’s employees that minimised the need for additional IT support.

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“Together with Appurity we set out a clear plan, providing a “Gold” build of the devices and their security posture, rolling out the solution in an extremely tight timeframe. The whole process was seamless, and we have everything running to a high level of efficiency and security.”

Steve Sumner, Steve Sumner, IT Director, Taylor Vinters

The Benefits

The MobileIron solution strengthens Taylor Vinters’ move to agile working. By equipping staff with all the tools they need to work from home effectively – through access to both necessary applications as well as data – the solution has enhanced staff productivity. For the firm’s leaders, this solution also provides peace-of-mind that they are not compromising on the strong on-site security that they are accustomed to.

“With Appurity and MobileIron (acquired by Ivanti), we were able to achieve the functionality we needed, alongside ensuring all these additional apps across all devices were completely secure.”

Steve Sumner, Steve Sumner, IT Director, Taylor Vinters

The Future

The MobileIron solution strengthens Taylor Vinters’ move to agile working. By equipping staff with all the tools they need to work from home effectively – through access to both necessary applications as well as data – the solution has enhanced staff productivity. For the firm’s leaders, this solution also provides peace-of-mind that they are not compromising on the strong on-site security that they are accustomed to.

“To stay ahead and be prepared for whatever the future brings, IT needs the ability to see, manage and control every endpoint. We can confidently say thanks to the enhanced security on our devices due to Appurity and MobileIron (acquired by Ivanti), we feel fully prepared for whatever the next year brings.”

Steve Sumner, Steve Sumner, IT Director, Taylor Vinters

“Taylor Vinters have partnered with Appurity for many years and have helped with our mobile and initiatives as the firm has grown. Their wide knowledge of mobility devices and solutions and their security nuances, together with how best to manage and deliver solutions has always been first class.”

Steve Sumner, Steve Sumner, IT Director, Taylor Vinters

About Appurity

Appurity specialises in mobile and application security, delivering comprehensive solutions to legal firms. Mobile security is particularly important in the legal industry, where the threat of apps and devices pose a major risk and can leave firms exposed to attacks, compromising business critical or sensitive data. It is therefore vital that firms safeguard information in the cloud, whilst still ensuring data is easily accessible to employees.

Appurity’s mobile security solutions use the latest technology, harnessing the power of AI and machine learning. In an industry where fee earners and firm partners are adopting an app-centric way of working, our consultancy and implementation services enable firms to deliver fully secure devices.

As an Android Enterprise specialist and member of the Apple Consultants Network, Appurity can provide bespoke, end-to-end security solutions and services for legal firms of all sizes.

Technologies used

MobileIron Threat Defense

MobileIron Threat Defense [add link] allows you to fully secure corporate and employee-owned devices. This will make your people more productive and protect their mobile devices against advanced threats. MobileIron’s non-intrusive approach to securing Android and iOS devices provides comprehensive protection around the clock without impacting the user experience or violating their privacy.

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MobileIron Unified Endpoint Management (UEM)

MobileIron Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) [add link] provides the foundation for the industry’s first mobile-centric, zero trust enterprise security framework. Unlike other UEM solutions, it puts enterprise mobile security at the centre of your enterprise and allows you to build upon it with enabling technologies like zero sign in user and device authentication, multi-factor authentication, and mobile threat detection.

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