iPhone the riskiest smartphone for business: survey

Dylan Bushell-Embling
29 Mar 2010

Security professionals believe Apple’s iPhone is the riskiest smartphone enterprises can deploy, a survey by nCircle found.

Some 57% of security workers quizzed by the network security provider said the iPhone poses the greatest risk to enterprise’s security, compared to 39% for Android devices, 28% BlackBerry, and 13% Nokia.

The network security firm says Apple could easily make the iPhone more secure “Apple continues to do only the absolute minimum to address enterprise security and supportability requirements,” nCircle director of security operations Andrew Storms states.

Apple hasn't introduced a new enterprise-tailored security feature since hardware level encryption in mid-2009, he added – and even that feature was almost immediately compromised.

Enterprises are slowly responding to the potential threat posed by smartphones, with 58% of respondents having implemented a smartphone security policy to mitigate risk. But just 65% of these enforce that policy in practice.

The vulnerability of the iPhone was highlighted last week when a security researcher at the CanSecWest Security show demonstrated a way to hack the iPhone's SMS database within 20 seconds.

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