Corporations love iOS more than BlackBerry OS; Android seen as a security risk

Corporations love iOS more than BlackBerry OS; Android seen as a security risk
Security firm Check Point conducted a survey and found that in terms of popularity in the office, iOS has overtaken BlackBerry's OS. Android? Corporations see too many security flaws in Google's open source OS. 768 IT pros in US, Canada, UK, Germany and Japan were surveyed by Check Point and found that mobile devices are beginning to be found extensively in corporate networks. According to its research, 89% of web sites now support smartphones and tablets. Even an employee's personal device can be used on the corporate pipeline in 65% of the companies surveyed.

Germany is the country that allows the most number of mobile users on corporate networks (97%) with 81% of companies allowing both personal and corporate provided devices to sign in. In the U.S., 91% of the firms surveyed allow mobile users on the corporate pipeline while 72% let employees use either a personal or company provided device.

In a photo finish, iOS narrowly beat BlackBerry as the OS most in use on corporate networks by a tally of 30% to 29%. Android "showed" (that's third place for you non-horse racing fans) with 21% of the corporate network. That was followed by the 18% scored by the combined Windows Mobile/Windows Phone operating systems. With 3%, Symbian rounded out the top 5 platforms on corporate networks. But when it comes to security risks, Android was on the top with 43% saying that it has too many security flaws. Apple's iOS was next with 36% followed by the 22% who selected BlackBerry as having gaps in security.

When these IT pros were asked about the greatest factors that attack the security of mobile data, 62% said that lack of employee knowledge about security policies was number one. Security openings while web browsing came in next, selected by 61% while 59% said that insecure Wi-Fi connections were the greatest problem facing corporations using mobile data. Other factors included the downloading of corrupt apps, lost or stolen devices loaded with corporate info, and the lack of security patches from carriers.

source: Checkpoint via AppleInsider

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33 Comments

1. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

First. With CarrierIQ, lots of malware and viruses, of course Android is a security risk. iPhone is preferred because it is better.

8. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

apple was first caught keeping track of its users. what makes you assume they werent collecting other bits of data.

19. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

u didnt actually read the article did you? Oi.

3. bigboy029

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 03, 2011

What about all that news about the government using android because it is more secure? So who's right? lol. Anyways, no matter which is better for business, I think the idea of a business creating apps that only their employees can download that would do specific functions for the company is awesome! especially on an ipad I could see this being a widely used practice.

4. StrumerJohn

Posts: 66; Member since: May 18, 2011

Lol who are these "Corporations"? PhoneArena? Oh Well I guess that's why. Last I checked Blackberry and Android were the only Smartphones that Corporations used.

29. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

u havent checked much then... many corporations do-- including the one i work for

7. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I don't get how "open source" translates into "higher security risk." It doesn't mean that the software is any more hackable or exploitable. Hell, iPads and iPhones still get hacked, and Macs still get viruses. I can understand "less uniform" and "more complicated" aka "harder to troubleshoot." But less secure? Bull.

13. ilia1986 unregistered

Sniggs, corps have always been a hell lot more orthodox when it comes to software choices. Hell, most still use WinXP and Office 2003, not to mention Internet explorer 6 (Ugh!). When they see an OS as limited as iOS - they can't help but instantly fall for it. For them limitation and control are the core values. Oh wait - that reminds me of some Fruit company.. ;-)

28. kellkeezy

Posts: 57; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

ilia1986 you couldnt be more right thats why i dont wear fruit of the loom anymore. just too limited and controlling

18. thinking

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 19, 2012

I think it is more of a fear of the unknown. Not that the iOS or BB are really "known". It is just that it's proprietary, so it gives a sense of security. There is really no logic in this fear.

9. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

As long as a jailbreak is available, iOS is just as hackable as Android...

10. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

This belief of ios, is an inaccurate perception. Years ago, we conducted studies on how Microsoft was more prone to viruses. It was concluded that Apple was no more secure than Microsoft. The huge Windows marketshare over Mac, made it the preferable target for hackers. This gave the misconception that Mac was much more stable. Given tests on whether Mac could be infected, proved a positive. With the marketshare of Apple being far greater today than years ago, it is just as vulnerable especially when jailbreaking the system. Just the mere fact that hackers can jailbreak in a matter of days, just scales the undeniable potential of planting viruses successfully. In short, it doesn't matter if its ios or Android. If hackers want to plant worms, it will be done. John B.

11. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Im sorry, but iOS you can hack whenever you want.....se the constests......Android you can NOT ;-)

14. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Man, I love my sgs2 and android but you have to be a hardcore fanboy to say its more secure than IOS. The beauty of android is also its main fault...openness. As for the numbers, I can definitely believe it. I have yet to see a single android phone being used in the corporate world.

16. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

hhhhmmmmm a report by a company telling you there is a problem but also sells the solution.....

26. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1776; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

its like the umbrella corp, and we all know how that turns out :)

17. thinking

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 19, 2012

I see that BB has a 16% security flaw "opportunity" (it's just a survey, after all) which is not very good but comparatively better. Surely, Android at 43% is not seen as secure but how is iOS at 36% much further ahead? Besides, issues like stolen phones are not dependent on the OS.

20. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

This is amazing, considering that the government of the US and Germany have both not been able to certify the iphone for high security but they have certified Android, citing the exact opposite. You know what this means? These businesses are filled with IDIOTS. :) They said right in the article that the biggest concern is "lack of knowledge" about phone security, which is why they think android is "less secure". iOS doesnt allow you to change anything and RIM can be controlled remotely by the BES tech to force security on you. That has nothing to do with ACTUAL phone security. Again, ANDROID is been government certified for high security jobs while iOS has been found wanting. Thats the true test of security.

21. jbash

Posts: 345; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

The source is from AppleInsider so lets take this with a grain of salt.

22. krazdjokr26 unregistered

boy i tell you... lol you android guys are something else...lol can't stay away huh?

23. AndroidShiz

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 08, 2011

Using the GSM Galaxy Nexus I'm not seeing any more security risk than that of my Focus S or that of the iPhone. If I wanted to download shady apps, or jailbreak my iDevice, I guess it would be less secure. If corps want more security in Android, then buy only Nexus branded Google phones, and only download reputable apps ("Hot Asians Girls free" might not be a good app) as well as clean your web tracking cookies often. Wish phone web browsers would allow "session only" cookies. Fact is, if they banded together to only allow the "real" unmasked Android phone, then things wouldn't be so fragmented on the corporate level because they would all have the same phone.

24. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

The big wigs like the toy phones as much as regular consumers, not a big surprise. Too bad they choose their product loyalty and branding over devices that are suitable for business, and at this time Blackberry devices are still #1 in this regard.

25. Paden

Posts: 262; Member since: Jul 07, 2011

iPhone win. Bonus. All things considered this is pretty impressive.

27. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Look at all the fandroids denying the facts, lol. Ok fandroids. Let's just all ignore and forget all these surveys. Let's just believe what figures you fandroids come up with in your kitchens :)

30. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Oh, yeah. They're just making it up. Now retreat into the safety of the Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Field.

32. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Oh, for Christ's sake, I don't know why these URLs won't paste right into this text field. Just Google "pwn2own 2011" to see how secure iOS is vs. Android. http://tinyurl.com/64qy9uw

31. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

33. thinking

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 19, 2012

An allegory can be found in browsers. Most corporations swear by IE, even in this day and age. They say it's secure. Tests have proven otherwise. Yet, something doesn't work on Firefox, you complain, they say - use IE.

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