Slack beefs up mobile security controls for Enterprise Grid

Slack beefs up mobile security controls for Enterprise Grid

Slack today unveiled new security capabilities for Enterprise Grid customers, including tighter controls for admins who oversee mobile device access.

Enterprise Grid was launched in 2017 for Slack’s biggest customers, with additional features to support large-scale deployments. Among the 150 organizations now using Enterprise Grid are Capital One, IBM and Target. 

Slack has continued to build out security and compliance features for the software since its introduction, including the addition of enterprise key management last September.  

The first set of updates announced today focuses on access via mobile devices.

Enterprise Grid admins can now require additional authentication processes on top of single sign-on, including Face ID, Touch ID and “generated passcodes.” Admins can also set a time period after which users must re-authenticate.  

New session management tools now let admins remotely wipe mobile or desktop sessions associated with a specific user when a device is lost or stolen. Additional session management controls, coming in the “near future,” will be added to the admin dashboard and allow IT to set the maximum number of devices an employee can be logged into at one time. 

Other planned mobile security management features are the ability to detect when a devices has been jailbroken and then block access to it, as well as ability to require app upgrades on users’ devices. Slack did not ay when those features would roll out.

The company also introduced new features to manage data access and data-sharing.

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