IT Directors Say the iPhone is as Secure as the BlackBerry


BlackBerry Mobile Fusion’s iOS App

According to numerous IT directors such as John Turner from the accountancy network BDO LLP, the iPhone is now as secure as the BlackBerry, reports the Tech Republic:

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.

“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.”

Specific security features being cited included the Apple’s use of 256-bit hardware-based encryption for info stored on the device, extensive VPN support, and more centralized control provided by third party management software, plus the screening of apps from the App Store leading to less chances of vulnerabilities spreading.

Turner noted pressure from staff to jump on the BYOD (Bring your own device) trend had them reconsider BlackBerrys as their only devices. With the iPhone 5 set to have a monster debut this week, more and more enterprise employees will be hoping to use their devices at work. It looks like the security advantage RIM long held over Apple has now eroded.

RIM announced last November they would support iOS with their Mobile Fusion, and later launched an app in the App Store this April.

Has your work switched away from the BlackBerry to the iPhone?

[via MacDailyNews]


  • brizer

    Rim who???

    When I meet someone selling me a service. I think… Sorry old geezer with blackberry brick. Out of touch. My business goes elsewhere.

  • LOL. Looking a person’s smartphone is the new “you can tell a lot about a person by looking at their shoes”.

  • Totally true 🙂

  • excaliburca

    You know… out of a group of about 100+ people using Blackberries, I’ve only had *two* wanting to use an iphone. The few more tried but then came back to Blackberry after. The chief complaints I got was that the virtual keyboard wasn’t conducive to answering e-mail and excessive draining of the battery with prolonged.

    I personally find the same thing: the iPhone is great for tapping out txt messages and short iMessages, but no way would I want to try to tap out longer e-mails without a physical keyboard. The battery on this thing also lasts a heck of a long time and is replaceable, something I value.

    In the end,the iPhone is a great consumer device but my Blackberry still blows it out of the water when it comes to a business device. So think what you like, but you’ll pry my Torch 9810 out of my cold, dead hand. 🙂

  • Redth

    Blackberry doesn’t do half the stuff that businesses need from what I’ve experienced, so they are jumping to iPhone instead. Even something so simple as a VNC viewer has no easy answer on Blackberry… Some users may prefer a hardware keyboard, and that’s the one place iPhone is obviously not on par, but most users in my experience far preferred the overall experience, and were willing to learn to become proficient with the touch keyboard to gain all the other advantages from iPhone/Android/WP7.

    Maybe things will be different with the next blackberry device, but I think they will have the same problem that microsoft is having: getting developers to build apps for their ecosystem.

  • excaliburca

    With my experience, at least, they were very willing to try a virtual keyboard. When they did they saw they preferred the physical one instead.

    As for features… with my users at least there’s really not a need for things like the ability to access VNC or such like that. They want a device that pushes email to them, a way to respond to it quickly and efficiently, and access to calander / contact info that’s stored in their Exchange accounts. That’s the overall experience they want: an efficient way to be productive and mobile. Blackberry does this very well and more cheaply to boot.

    I can understand more advanced IT professionals needing a more feature-enabled phone, but frankly trying to use a VNC viewer, for instance, on an iphone is a waste of time (iPad is a different story but we’re not talking about that here). It comes down to what people need to do their jobs efficiently, and BBs, from my standpoint, do the best job.

  • Sarah

    Good luck to you and yours. The Blackberry 10 is full touchscreen.

  • excaliburca

    (my comment with a URL regarding this for some reason didn’t get through, so apologies if this shows up twice).

    Blackberry 10 is the OS. There are two phones coming out for it when it’s released: one that is full touchscreen and one that has a physical keyboard. I believe the touchscreen phone is being released first, with the keyboard phone being released shortly thereafter.

  • exec.

    After years of typing on the virtual keyboard, I cannot stand tiny blackberry physical keypad. After using blackberry for a few days I went back to iPhone.
    iPhone has a much robust and responsive Citrix application and excellent overall user experience.
    I don’t miss blackberry push e-mail at all. Exchange e-mail does a decent enough job already.
    From my standpoint, iPhone is more versatile, once you are over the vitual keyboard learning-curve, it’s a no brainer to stick to the iPhone.

  • exec.

    Exactly my thought. In business meetings we always joke around how ancient blackberry is. With the blackberry installed base dwindling making BBM less and less useful, I see more and more of my colleagues and clients switching over to iPhone/Android.
    Let’s face it, I haven’t come across executives wanting blackberry badly after they have touched an iPhone. The closest “supporter” of blackberry is that he is indifferent as long as the device gets the job done.