The Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client, also known as the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client, is a software application for connecting to a Virtual Private Network (VPN) that works on various operating systems and hardware configurations. This software application makes it possible for remote resources of another network become accessible as if the user is directly connected to the network, but in a secure way. Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client provides an innovative new way to protect mobile users on computer-based or smart-phone platforms, providing a more seamless, always-protected experience for end users and comprehensive policy enforcement for an IT administrator.
One or more of the following AnyConnect licenses may be required for your deployment:
AnyConnect Plus — Supports basic AnyConnect features such as VPN functionality for PC and mobile platforms (AnyConnect and standards-based IPsec Internet Key Exchange version 2 (IKEv2) software clients), Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS), basic endpoint context collection, 802.1x Windows supplicant, and web security Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) VPN. Plus licenses are most applicable to environments previously served by the AnyConnect Essentials license and users of Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) posture, Network Access Manager, or Web Security modules.
AnyConnect Apex — Supports all basic AnyConnect Plus features in addition to advanced features such as clientless VPN, VPN posture agent, unified posture agent, Next Generation Encryption or Suite B, Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML), all plus services and flex licenses. Apex licenses are most applicable to environments previously served by the AnyConnect Premium, Shared, Flex, and Advanced Endpoint Assessment licenses.
VPN Only (Perpetual) — Supports VPN functionality for PC and mobile platforms, clientless (browser-based) VPN termination on Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA), VPN-only compliance and posture agent in conjunction with ASA, FIPS compliance, and next-generation encryption (Suite B) with AnyConnect and third-party IKEv2 VPN clients. VPN only licenses are most applicable to environments wanting to use AnyConnect exclusively for remote access VPN services but with high or unpredictable total user counts. No other AnyConnect function or service (such as Web Security module, Cisco Umbrella Roaming, ISE Posture, Network Visibility module, or Network Access Manager) is available with this licensee.
The objective of this document is to show you the Features matrix of the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client and the minimum release requirements, license requirements, and supported operating systems.