Apple's iOS cited as the most popular mobile OS for enterprise

Apple's iOS cited as the most popular mobile OS for enterprise

Summary: Apple's iOS has been labeled as the most commonly used mobile platform in corporate environments, according to a new report.

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Apple's iOS is the most popular mobile operating system for corporate environments, according to a new report from network security solutions provider Check Point Software in partnership with Dimensional Research.

Approximately 89 percent of survey respondents own mobile devices (i.e. smartphones and/or tablets connecting to corporate networks), and iOS was found to be the most common mobile platform used to connect in business environments.

It's a tad surprising considering that the platform was originally advertised and touted for consumers. But then again, the iPad -- also arguably a consumer product -- has found a solid customer base in the enterprise world.

On the flip side, the survey also revealed that Android is perceived to have the greatest risk for companies.

For reference, the report is based upon the responses from 768 IT professionals surveyed in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan.

Unfortunately for Android, this isn't terribly surprising. Several other studies from McAfee over the course of the last year have warned about the dangers that Android poses because it is open-source (even though that is up for debate too).

Of course, threats to corporate networks aren't all Android's fault. At least 72 percent of participants said that careless employees are a greater security threat than hackers when it comes to mobile devices. Just think about how often people leave their phones on their desks unattended, or even if the device just gets lost somewhere else.

That becomes especially worrisome when 47 percent of IT professionals admitted that their customer data is typically stored on mobile devices.

Other highlights from the survey:

  • 65 percent of companies now allow personal devices access to corporate networks
  • 71 percent say mobile devices have contributed to increased security incidents
  • 78 percent say there are more than twice as many personal devices connecting to corporate networks now than compared to two years ago
  • Among the countries surveyed, Japan is the least likely (46 percent) to allow personal mobile devices and Germany the most likely (87 percent). The United States followed Germany as more open to bringing your own devices to work with 72 percent of participants in favor.

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Topics: Software, Mobility, Operating Systems, Security

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  • RE: Apple's iOS cited as the most popular mobile OS for enterprise

    The main reason why we adopted the iphone as our business phone over two years ago was MS Exchange support out of the box. Unlike other smart phones phones that require us to buy the RIM BlackBerry Enterprise Server server.

    @thundercloud99
    thunderxxx
  • RE: Apple's iOS cited as the most popular mobile OS for enterprise

    Significant warning for Android, as the battle to cannibalize RIM's market takes shape. If an appropriate white knight takes over RIM, it will soon reassert it's grip on the market, I have no doubt - but in the more likely scenario of a slow death of the blackberry market share, Apple has a lot to play for, and at least one Android maker is missing a golden opportunity. Now where did I read that Samsung is amassing a huge war chest? ;)
    Heenan73
  • RE: Apple's iOS cited as the most popular mobile OS for enterprise

    Something about these numbers doesn't sound right, they are running quite high. If 71% of the mobile devices lead to security incidents then those companies should rethink their mobile strategy. I wonder how much of the 71% was BYOD.
    Loverock Davidson-
    • It is not the device but the individual:

      @Loverock Davidson-

      "At least 72 percent of participants said that careless employees are a greater security threat than hackers when it comes to mobile devices. Just think about how often people leave their phones on their desks unattended, or even if the device just gets lost somewhere else."

      The fault is in not teaching individuals on proper security. Things like long passwords, forced password on every wake (no grace period), keeping the device on you at all times. Some of these things can be forced managed (like passwords) but others depend on the individual paying attention.
      Bruizer
  • RE: Apple's iOS cited as the most popular mobile OS for enterprise

    How many are actually supplied and supported by the enterprise? BYOD should not be included.
    mgdvt
    • RE: Apple's iOS cited as the most popular mobile OS for enterprise

      @mgdvt@... If the BYOD is connecting to the corporate network why wouldn't it be included?
      non-biased
  • Try "most popular for IT professionals"

    To paraphase a local morning radio DJ, it's a [b]survey[/b], not a [b]study[/b], so it's about as reliable of a poll as asking 768 random guys whether they cheat on their spouse/significant other or not.

    Problem #1: size of the "sample" group. 768 respondents is not a very large number. There are many mid- to large-size companies whose IT departments alone have more than 768 employees. And while they made a slight nod to international markets by adding in some non-US workers, there's still some cherry-picking going on. Japan? UK? Germany? Canada? Four nations with well-established networks & companies that have well-developed IT departments used to integrating newer technology? Not exactly a "wide" assortment.

    Problem #2: the term "IT professional". Are we talking someone who's actually making decisions regarding the deployment & usage of technology in the workplace... or the "IT professional" that does what they're told but happens to work on tech gadgets for their paycheck?

    Finally, problem #3: do we have any information about the companies themselves? I don't see any kind of breakdown here regarding a) company size (i.e. IT needs for a 100-person company will be vastly different than for a 100,000+ employee multinational corporation), b) industry fields (i.e. industries with a higher percentage of workers that don't perform their work at a fixed workstation would be [i]more[/i] likely to allow or encourage BYOD & use of mobile devices than industries where the majority of workers are expected to sit at their workstation for their workday, let alone those that don't even use a PC for the majority of their work duties), & c) more details on the BYOD/use of personal devices policies (i.e. is the policy "everyone can BYOD", or is the policy "only certain IT workers -- who happened to be the ones that responded -- are allowed to BYOD").
    spdragoo
    • RE: Apple's iOS cited as the most popular mobile OS for enterprise

      @spdragoo@... You really shouldn't quote McAfee about device security.
      radleym
  • I know this for a fact

    I have a relative who works for a fortune 500 company. They advised that either a iPhone, Blackberry or Windows phone can be used. Android was not an option. They say the Android has already shown to have too many holes and threats associated with its system due to improper monitoring of Apps.
    jscott418-22447200638980614791982928182376
    • Exactly...

      @jscott418

      Even when it first launched, Roid was a cesspool of malware, unfit for Enterprise... Simply Google "Android Malware" and it is painfully obvious. There are a bunch of Rah Rah Roid cheerleaders out there who whine about how much beter Roid is due to open source and no restrictions, but none of them live in reality. They live in geekdom tweakerville where wasting hours and hours tinkering with software and apps make them happy. Show me a happy Roid user and you will have shown me a treak-happy ubergeek. Great for the nerd, not for productivity and security.

      The biggest advance in technology over the last 15 years has been making it easier, faster, and more productive (useful in the real world). Roid is a big step back, but hey.. It's free... But that all depends on how you define free... That free ride for malware may end up costing you.
      i8thecat4
    • RE: Apple's iOS cited as the most popular mobile OS for enterprise

      @jscott418

      How much malware has actually been found in Andoid apps? Not much from what I've seen. Apple has done a good job in the FUD department there much like their claim that OSX is free from malware too.
      fldbryan
      • RE: Apple's iOS cited as the most popular mobile OS for enterprise

        @fldbryan@... Talk about FUD, Apple does not claim OSX is free from malware. They did claim in advertising that Macs don't get Windows viruses which is a tricky play on words but is factually correct.

        Just out ocuriosityty I did a couple of searches to see the results.
        Android Malware got 29,300,000 results in 0.13 seconds
        OSX Malware got 4,220,000 results in .25 seconds

        Most certainly nothing scientific but almost 7 times the results for Android?
        non-biased
  • A counter-example with Android

    The U.S. Army has selected Android for unclassified use (see the Linux and Open Source Blog here at ZDNet for the article by SJVN). However, it's deployed in a highly-controlled manner:

    1. Android 2.2 on Dell Venue smartphones and Streak tablets only
    2. Google's Android Market is off limits
    3. A DOD proxy server must be used for the web

    And I would presume that Dell is providing prompt security updates to the devices, something that many Android OEMs and cariiers fall short on.

    P.S. And this isn't the recently-announced, SELinux-enabled Android version either.
    Rabid Howler Monkey
    • You do realize that Android is LATE to the game?

      @Rabid Howler Monkey You quote a single Android device approved, but only with a heavily modified version.

      And then forget that iOS was approved as-is over a year ago, Blackberry was approved years ago and WP7 was approved months before that single Android device.

      So your gloat is only on being the last runner to arrive at the finish line.
      wackoae
      • RE: You do realize that Android is LATE to the game?

        @wackoae According to the Stars and Stripes article linked by SJVN, iOS has received DOD approval for testing and pilot projects only and has not yet received approval for enterprise use.

        No gloat. Purely an example of Android use in an enterprise environment.
        Rabid Howler Monkey
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