BlackBerry bests iOS, Symbian, Windows Phone in security drill

Strategy Analytics says BlackBerry is better in 10 of 11 threat categories.
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Orlando, Fla.--Research in Motion's (NASDAQ: RIMM) BlackBerry bested Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) iOS 5, Nokia's (NYSE: NOK) Symbian S60 and Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT) Windows Phone 7 in 10 of 11 threat categories, according to a study by Strategy Analytics.

The report, sponsored by RIM, also found that BlackBerry architecture, which includes encryption for data at-rest and in transit, mitigates the maximum amount of risk for a 100 smartphone deployment.

"Security remains one of RIM's competitive edges. It is always something that we focused on," Jeff Holleran, senior director of enterprise product management at RIM, told FierceMobileIT.

Holleran noted that BlackBerry Enterprise Server was the first mobile platform to achieve common criteria certification, an international certification recognized by 25 countries, as well as qualifying for the federal information processing standard in the United States and Canada, and the UK government's CESG, the national technical authority for information security.

The study also found that after one year, the cost to securely manage non-BlackBerry devices using a "walled garden" architecture is 39 percent more expensive than BlackBerry devices in a BlackBerry Enterprise Server deployment. Strategy Analytics defines the "walled" garden as an approach to mobility where any non-BlackBerry device is given VPN access to a secure limited zone on a network and is managed by third-party mobile device management software.

"They found it is much more expensive to put security on top of an insecure platform than it is to build security from the ground up," Holleran explained.

This was some good news for RIM, after Gartner's head of research, Peter Sondergaard, predicted in his keynote address to the Gartner Symposium ITxpo 2012, that in two years iPads will be more common in enterprises than BlackBerrys.

For more:
- check out Strategy Analytics report

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