Cisco has announced that it will aim to go beyond bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies with self-provisioning functions added to its Identity Services Engine (ISE).

Saying that it will allow people to work the way they want, when and where they want, and on the devices they want to "create a better workplace experience", its new approach unifies policy and simplifies management to deliver an uncompromised user experience.

According to the company, this is achieved via enhancements to ISE, which allow for easy self-provisioning of a user's device and policy integrations with mobile device management (MDM) solutions.

With this integration, IT can use ISE to define policies that help ensure mobile devices are enrolled in MDM and gain visibility and control over endpoint access based on policies such as requiring a pin lock, disallowing ‘jailbroken' devices, or remotely wiping the data on lost or stolen devices.

It is updating its wireless LAN infrastructure with the release of Cisco Unified Wireless Network Software 7.2 and with the capability to support up to 3,000 access points and 30,000 clients.

Also scheduled to be launched this year is ISE 1.1MR, which will offer users a step-by-step process to self-provision their own device at a time that's most convenient for them without burdening the IT team. The integration with MDM is scheduled to be available globally by the end of this year.

To better protect data and enforce compliance on mobile devices, Cisco also announced that it is working with several MDM vendors including AirWatch, Good Technology, MobileIron and Zenprise to integrate their solutions with ISE.

Rebecca Jacoby, senior vice-president and CIO of Cisco, said: “BYOD is not just about connecting user-owned devices and allowing guest access. It's about what you do after that, that's when things get interesting.”

Sujai Hajela, vice-president and general manager of the wireless networking business unit at Cisco, said: “The BYOD trend is here to stay, but companies must move beyond the basic act of connecting user-owned devices to a comprehensive BYOD strategy to meet employee demands.

“Cisco is approaching BYOD holistically. With a comprehensive strategy designed around the network, unified policy and simplified management, Cisco delivers an uncompromised user experience in any workspace, setting companies up for success now and into the future.”

Gord Boyce, CEO of ForeScout, said: “It is great to see other vendors like Cisco recognise the value of network access control and MDM integration as the best means to enable BYOD and mobile security policies”