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iOS vs. Android: What’s Best For Enterprise Security?

Among the major concerns of enterprises these days are data security and theft from mobile devices. Here's a look at whether iOS or Android offers better enterprise security.
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The Bring Your Own Device trope has been around so long now that it has created a cottage industry of like-minded acronyms, such as Bring Your Own App (BYOA), and Bring Your Own Cloud (BYOC).

Still, for the IT professionals who are charged with implementing, deploying, and maintaining an enterprise's BYOD policy, the idea that an employee could download sensitive data to a smartphone or tablet and then lose it is still enough to cause nightmares.

Right now, Apple's iOS dominates the BYOD enterprise market, although Google's Android mobile operating system has made some gains. Determining which one is more secure for your enterprise depends on the industry sector in which you operate, the number of employee devices you have to manage, and the level of regulation your business faces.

On the plus side, iOS and Android have both had their security features beefed up in recent years. Perhaps the most significant development was the ability for users to store and transfer data with the help of Exchange ActiveSync or EAS.

EAS is a Microsoft-designed protocol that synchronizes email, contacts, calendars, tasks, and notes from a messaging server to a mobile device. It is based on XML. The EAS server and the mobile device communicate over HTTP or, more commonly, HTTPS. Initially, EAS only supported Microsoft Exchange Servers and Microsoft Pocket PC devices, but now EAS is a standard protocol for synchronization among a broad range of groupware and mobile devices.

It can be a first layer of defense for organizations that are also using mobile device management (MDM) tools. They key here is choosing MDM applications that are compatible with your device policies and features. 

Here, InformationWeek looks at the primary data security-related features in iOS and Android to help you uncover which is best for your enterprise. What have your experiences been with BYOD and MDM? Let us know in the comments section below.

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yalanand
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yalanand,
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5/23/2015 | 2:20:14 PM
Re: flashlight apps, anyone?
@SachinEE: Flashier technology tends to get popular among hackers. This fingerprint tech on the iPhone was one such. If I was a hacker I would take it as a challenge to break through something that opens with biometry.
yalanand
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yalanand,
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5/23/2015 | 2:18:39 PM
Re: Android Lover
@Vishal: Flexibility is the thing that has caused big trouble with security. Android has plenty security, the only bottleneck for android is that when connected to a network, a phone won't be able to handle DOS attacks and spyware attacks simultaneously. I prefer blackberry because they have the strongest security, followed closely by iOS and Windows and then Android. I don't know anything about the security in the Mozilla OS. 
Vishal0soni
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Vishal0soni,
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5/21/2015 | 12:43:22 AM
Android Lover
I personally prefer Android. May be its because of the flexibility it provides, or may be because i was lucky enough to stay away from any security attacks. But my personal affection is towards Android.
SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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5/20/2015 | 2:09:28 PM
Re: flashlight apps, anyone?
Well everyone knows iOS has a better security however I think sometimes this has backfired becuase look at the number of times their phones got hacked, even the fingerprint scanner itself.
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jurowski,
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5/19/2015 | 11:28:54 PM
flashlight apps, anyone?
It's pretty clear that the barrier for entry into the Android app market is pretty low given the proliferation of spyware in nearly every flashlight app available on Android... whereas Apple has consistently kept a high level of scrutiny on developers submitting apps to their own App store. Hands down: iOS is the winner when it comes to security.
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