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Friday, March 26, 2010

Apple iPhone named as biggest smartphone security risk

Network security and compliance auditing firm nCircle has just published a survey that says iPhones present the greatest smartphone security risk to businesses.

The San Francisco-based company surveyed 257 security professionals. 57% believed that the Apple iPhone carried the greatest security risk to enterprises, while 39% warned against Google Android, 28% named BlackBerry and 13% said Nokia had the highest risk.

The survey also showed that most companies don't have an effective smartphone security policy. Although 58% of respondents said their organisation had a corporate smartphone security policy in place, only 65% of enterprises with a smartphone security policy were enforcing it.

Andrew Storms, nCircle's Director of Security Operations, said "The general consensus is that Apple continues to do only the absolute minimum to address enterprise security and supportability requirements. We haven't seen any new enterprise iPhone security features from Apple since the summer of 2009 when they introduced their new hardware level encryption, which was almost immediately subverted. This is not the kind of behavior security professionals want to see in vendors."

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