BlackBerry is expected to release another BlackBerry 7 smartphone the BlackBerry Bold 9720. From an enterprise stand point BlackBerry was leader according to Trend Micro. You can see how much things have changed in the enterprise space since the study was released in April 2012. There are good reasons why your I.T. department.
BlackBerry was aware of their power to the enterprise and now offers enterprise security management features for iOS and Android. BlackBerry designed Secure Work Space to manage security for enterprise. It is now offering Secure Workspace for iOS and Android. Secure Work Space offers a BYOD mobile security solution.
You should also note that Android 2.3 scored very poorly. If you have a late model Android device, you should have enterrpise safety concerns, because you can't get an update, even a security patch.
Trend micro compared several different mobile platforms for enterprise in April 2012, BlackBerry 7.0 scored highest, ahead of Apple iOS5, Windows Phone 7.5 and Android 2.3.
Scores were based on built-in security, application security, authentication, device wipe, device firewall, virtualisation, and many others. BlackBerry attained the highest average score (2.89), followed by iOS (1.7), Windows Phone (1.61) and Android (1.37).
Here's what they foound:
- BlackBerry – BlackBerry OS scores very highly across the board, clearly separated from the group of the three emerging consumer mobile
platforms. Corporate-grade security and manageability make this platform the option of choice for the most stringent mobile roles.
- Windows Phone - Microsoft created a reasonably robust and secure smartphone operating system in Windows Phone. Microsoft Windows Phone performs quite well . The system is too new to show a reasonable track record for enterprise adoption, and corporate policies should take this reality into consideration when considering Windows Phone devices for mobile roles other than for general knowledge workers.
- Android – The fact there are many installed versions of Android, and there is no central means of getting Operating System updates, leaves many users remain unprotected from critical vulnerabilities for a prolonged period. The report states The system
is widely exposed to malware and data loss, and the platform fragmentation resulting from the rich OEM ecosystem has proved quite challenging for enterprise adoption. IT managers should definitely consider adding Android to their set of flexible policies but should probably limit its use to the least sensitive mobile roles.
This also explains why your IT department is hesitant to let you give up your BlackBerry. BlackBerry was aware of their power to the enterprise and now offers enterprise security managent features for iOS and Android. BlackBerry designed Secure Work Space to manage security for enterprise. It is now offering Secure Workspace for iOS and Android.