A study based on “strengths and weakness” of the four huge telephone companies has concluded that RIM’s Blackberry is still an obvious winner in the cell phone safety with Android doing poorly in the competition. Enterprise Readiness of Consumer Mobile Platforms had the criteria including authentication, app security, code signing, general device safety, device wipe service, virtualization, and firewalling. The ratings were given on the aforementioned criteria with five being the maximum a platform could score in each category. These days it is hard to find someone without a Smartphone and when they have the phone, the consumers surely need a reliable security system. Majority of the population deal with their demands of work, finances, and personal life on their smart phone. Malware risks are high on cell phones as well and thus all the major platforms should give decent security in the operating systems.
The results came out and Blackberry stood out first with a score of 2.89, with Apple iOS behind with 1.7, Windows 7 at 1.61 and Android 2.3 with 1.37. Oddly enough this order of scores matches with how old each of the program is as well.
The success attained by Blackberry is evident after looking at its past in the business market and other programs surely do acknowledge Blackberry’s decent hold in managing and controlling devices in a proper manner. The weird thing here is that Android scored less than the Windows Phone which hasn’t even been in the market as long as Android has.
The authors stated that even though Android is now attainable in upgraded versions, the version 2.x is still more common and preferred in the existing and the new devices. The fact that new devices don’t opt for the new version is a threat in itself because there is no mode for giving operating system updates. Lack of means of providing updates leaves the Android handset susceptible to unprotect attacks for a long time.
Another crucial aspect is that the declaration doesn’t have any link what so ever to any of the programmes studied by Altimeter Group and Blood Research on behalf of security company Trend Micro. The Trend Micro CTO, Raimund Genes stated that with progressing use of cell phone and ongoing emergence of consumerisation, every cell phone is a threat to business. There is decent ‘consumer marketing’ legacy in some areas and that is negating few of the development achieving on the enterprise front. Of course, many of the qualities they have analyzed in the report are firmly ‘enterprise-unready. ‘
The real objective at present is the height of progression and maturation each programme can now attain. Seeing how Blackberry did so well, there are doubts on the platform’s struggles in the future market. Android however can mature to quite an extent and has areas where it can develop itself.
Not very long ago RIM declared that seemed to digress from consumer device progression in favor its conventional industry market. The area of doubt here is if such segregation is of any purpose in times where the market is run by the BYOD Trend Micro’s report highlights. The differentiated business and consumer markets could have combined into one.
A victor in this conversation could be Microsoft, a platform with years and years of knowledge and skills working with business and a lot known software ventures to assist in boosting the Windows phone.
In the category of business messaging, both the Windows Phone 7.5 and the Android 2.3 didn’t do so well and still scored zero. Their performance in core applications is crucial and thus need to further analyzed.
James Clark has been playing with Android Spy software for as long as cell phone spys have existed. He’s tested and reviewed every Android Spy app that’s ever hit the Android cellular world. He writes regularly about his findings to alert readers of what’s in and what’s out when it comes to android tracker or cell phone spies.