Android and iOS not secure enough for enterprise use: Symantec

Android and iOS not secure enough for enterprise use: SymantecSecurity firm Symantec reckons Android and iOS security may not be sufficiently up to scratch to be relied upon with confidence in the corporate environment.

Mobile solutions are proving increasingly popular in the business arena, but compared to traditional PC-based systems, the two leading mobile OS contenders offer a “mixed bag” with some “major flaws”, Symantec says.

Given how mobile platforms have exploded in popularity everywhere else, it's no surprise to hear that smartphones and tablets are increasingly finding their way into the enterprise environment.

Yet it seems that while both Android and iOS work hard – and for the most part succeed – at providing a secure platform for consumer use, they may not be up to the greater security needs required by businesses.

“Today’s mobile devices are a mixed bag when it comes to security,” Symantec's Carey Nachenberg said in revealing a new white paper on Android and iOS and their suitability for corporate use.

“Employees are increasingly using unmanaged, personal devices to access sensitive enterprise resources, and then connecting these devices to third-party services outside of the governance of the enterprise, potentially exposing key assets to attackers.”

Symantec praised iOS for its record in thwarting traditional malware through the app and developer certification process, but wasn't so complimentary when it came to the more “open” Android.

“Google has opted for a less rigorous certification model, permitting any software developer to create and release apps anonymously, without inspection,” the report said. “This lack of certification has arguably led to today’s increasing volume of Android-specific malware.”

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Infinite Element  Jun. 29, 2011 at 10:56

When weighing up the pros and cons of Android vs. iOS, Apple have the advantage of security as they certify apps before making them available.

I'd hazard a guess that a larger proportion of Android users have experienced more security breaches as a result, even though iOS only has a handful of devices for hackers to work with.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 29, 2011 at 11:23

...just stop using 'open' in this context puhlease.
There is enough confusion re. Open vs free vs freeandopen etc etc...
The fact that Android is Open Source has absolutely no relevance to its security 'issues'. The fact that it's Google, yes.

phrpoxy  Jun. 29, 2011 at 12:12

It is more 'open'. Meaning it's easier to get malware infested apps on the market due to the less stringent cert process.

I don't see any mention of open source in the article, so i'm not sure what you're babbling on about to be honest.


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