According to security and threat management firm, Trend Micro, RIM’s Blackberry 7 OS is the most secure mobile operating system. The firm voted RIM’s OS as the most secure platform after testing it alongside Google’s Android, Apple’s iOS, and Microsoft’s Windows Phone. When it comes to security, Blackberry emerged on top.
The operating systems were tested for their efficiency in built-in security, authentication, application security, device firewall, device wipe, and many more. Android scored the lowest at 1.37. Windows Phone was scored 1.61. In second place is the iOS with a score of 1.7. The highest was Blackberry with a score of 2.89.
The main reason Android was given the lowest score was fragmentation. According to the report, Android has “no central means of providing Operating System updates, meaning that many users remain unprotected from critical vulnerabilities for a prolonged period”.
Speaking about the iOS, the report said, “Security in iOS also extends to the physical attributes of the iPhone and iPad. There are no options for adding removable storage, which in effect provides another layer of protection for users.”
Speaking about Windows Phone, the report said that the OS is “reasonably robust and secure”.
CTO of Trend Micro, Rimund Genes, said, “Against the growing, unstoppable backdrop of consumerization and BYOD, every mobile device is a risk to business. What is interesting in these results is that, whilst some mobile platforms have evolved very noticeably along enterprise lines, there is still a strong ‘consumer marketing’ legacy in some quarters and this is negating some of the progress made on the enterprise front.
“Indeed, some of the attributes we have examined in the report are still firmly enterprise-unready.”