Apple iPhone now matches beleaguered RIM’s BlackBerry enterprise security, experts say

“For a long time BlackBerry was the de facto choice for businesses looking for a secure mobile device,” Nick Heath reports for TechRepublic. “But BlackBerry appears to be losing its security advantage over the iPhone in the eyes of IT leaders, and in doing so giving up its last remaining advantage over Apple handsets in enterprise.”

“John Turner, IT director at accountancy network BDO LLP, said that after years of being a BlackBerry shop he could no longer see any reason not to let his 2,500 staff use Apple iPhones at work,” Heath reports. “‘The differentiation in the corporate world used to be security, but that has been significantly eroded to the point where it’s gone away now,’ said Turner at a roundtable event organised by disaster recovery specialist Sungard Availability Services. ‘I’ve satisfied myself that Apple is there or thereabouts [when it comes to corporate security], I think that Apple have caught RIM up.'”

Heath reports, “Rik Ferguson, director of security research and communication for EMEA for Trend Micro, predicted that BYOD will continue to drive uptake of iPhones into the workplace: ‘It should come as no surprise that Apple are finally taking on BBOS and RIM on their home turf, the release of iPhone 5 is expected to see a huge surge in handset sales and that can only lead to more consumerisation of enterprise handsets.'”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Judge Bork” and “qka” for the heads up.]

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  1. Blackberry’s roots in enterprise – specifically its email – will be its downfall. What IT doofus wants to be caught flat footed the day RIM’s email servers go offline? Because of this possibility, the corporate world will abandon Blackberry much faster than they would have otherwise.

    Ironically, Blackberry’s once touted feature – its secure email – will hasten its downfall.

  2. MDN uses the word beleaguered a lot…. I don’t mean to be a word hater, but just for the sake of variety…… a few adjective options:
    besieged, under siege, blockaded, surrounded, encircled, beset, hemmed in, under attack, hard-pressed, troubled, in difficulties, under pressure, under stress, with one’s back to the wall, in a tight corner, in a tight spot, up against it; beset, assailed.
    “Besieged RIM, troubled RIM, RIM in a tight corner….” Just sayin’ 😉

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