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Forrester gives thumbs up to iPhone, iPad enterprise use

updated 11:45 am EDT, Tue August 3, 2010

BlackBerry platform still more secure, says firm

iOS devices -- namely the iPhone and iPad -- should now be secure enough for enterprise use, says Forrester Research's Andrew Jaquith. The devices allegedly "satisfy the basic security needs of most enterprises," and moreover have overwhelming demand from executives and other workers. "Your rank-and-file employees want it, and your executives have likely already made many special requests to your IT team," the analyst comments.

"With the right policies and technical controls, you can operate Apple mobile devices at least as securely as the typical corporate laptop, without malware and with an insurance policy (remote wipe) against theft or loss," he adds.

Security was an early complaint about the iPhone, since particularly in 2007, its firmware was not on par with enterprise efforts by other smartphone makers, namely RIM. The BlackBerry OS is still the most secure mobile platform, according to Jaquith. Corporations now have access to a number of security features through iOS however, such as e-mail encryption, remote wipes and user configuration profiles.

by MacNN Staff





  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    If Forrester says it's secure, no need to waste time checking it in your Enterprise! Start buying, people!

    (Of course, Forrester offers such analysis on the hope it will drive even more sales and help push the stock price higher. But why quibble about motives.)

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    One of the many iShills on deck to make a name for themselves.

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I sure hope Forrester is right...

    Those iHater Microsoft Windows IT guys are not going down without a fight. If the top executives want iPads and iPhones and the lowly employees want iPads and iPhones, then maybe there'll be some tipping point that the Windows-loving IT dinosaurs can't stop. Having IT managers completely running a company with free reign is a bad thing. I can't believe I might live to see the breakup of the Microsoft Boys' Club. I suppose a company can't be run like a democracy, but trusting IT to make all the computing decisions doesn't give other computer companies a chance to get into corporations. At some point, Microsoft's iron grip over businesses must be broken. Making it necessary to have a licensed Windows PC on everyone's desk is just going a bit too far.

    As far as RIM is concerned, I'm sure they have the most secure smartphones, but I'm sure there is room for other smartphones in less secure environments. I hear in the Middle East, they're kicking BlackBerries out because they're too secure. That's pretty amusing.

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