Mobile platforms are firmly ‘enterprise unready’

by CXOtoday Staff    Apr 13, 2012

Against the growing, unstoppable backdrop of consumerization and BYOD, a study finds that every mobile device is a risk to business.

The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon and the consumerization of IT are becoming game changers, and also offer opportunity in the mobile enterprise space. As a result of these two trends, IT is facing an onslaught of requests to allow network and application access for their personal smartphones and tablets.

A research report carried out by security provider TrendMicro, Altimeter Group and Bloor Research found that mobile platforms are still not ready to be used in the enterprise environment.

“Security people I work with are scared witless by consumerization and the rapid adoption of these devices,” said Nigel Stanley, Practice Leader, Security at Bloor Research and one of the report’s authors.

Though many believe that BYOD is a great opportunity for enterprises to mobilize their business, organizations need to understand the importance of a decent mobile device security policy.

“Against the growing, unstoppable backdrop of consumerization and BYOD, every mobile device is a risk to business,” said Raimund Genes, CTO at Trend Micro.

He added that the results of the study show that while some mobile platforms have evolved very noticeably along enterprise lines, there is still a strong consumer marketing legacy in some quarters and this is negating some of the progress made on the enterprise front. “Indeed, some of the attributes we have examined in the report are still firmly enterprise-unready.”

The study found that BlackBerry 7.0 scored highest across the board, followed by Apple iOS5, Windows Phone 7.5 and Google’s Android 2.3.

The platforms were each scored on a combination of factors including built-in security, application security, authentication, device wipe, device firewall, virtualization, and many others. BlackBerry attained the highest average score of 2.89, followed by iOS at 1.7, Windows Phone with 1.61 and Android getting a score of 1.37.