Forrester: iPhone, iPad are enterprise-ready

Summary:According to a Forrester Research report, the two Apple devices are increasingly being adopted in the enterprise, but high-security companies are likely to stick with Research in Motion's BlackBerry platform.

Apple's iPhone and iPad are increasingly being adopted in the enterprise and secure enough for most firms, but high-security companies are likely to stick with Research in Motion's (RIM) BlackBerry platform, according to a Forrester Research report.

The report concludes that the iPhone and iPad are "secure enough" with the right policies and technical controls. Indeed, Apple supports email message encryption, device wipes, passcode locks, autolock, automatic autowipes, protected configuration profiles and continuous refresh.

Forrester says these seven security no brainers are possible on the iPhone and iPad via ActiveSync. Overall, the iPhone can be an approved second smartphone in the enterprise as long as companies stick to the iPhone 3GS, 4 and iPad, which support hardware encryption. However, the inability to close jailbreaks will give enterprises an excuse to avoid Apple's platform, said Forrester.

Read more of "Forrester: Apple's iPhone, iPad secure enough for enterprises, but RIM rules security roost" at ZDNet.

Topics: Software, BlackBerry, CXO, Hardware, IT Employment, Mobility

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