Should Blackberry Worry About Apple’s Surge into Enterprise?
Mobile security provider Check Point released a poll of 700 IT professionals showing that 30% of them used Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS mobile platform, but surprisingly Blackberry (NASDAQ:RIMM) was a close second claiming 29%. Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android came in third with 21% followed by Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Window’s Phone at 18% and Nokia’s (NYSE:NOK) Symbian at 3%.
CNET’s Lance Whitney points out that Blackberry was an early business standard, but the emerging popularity of the iOS platform shows people’s desire to use the same platform for both their business and personal lives.
The poll also showed that the use of mobile devices on the job has surged. More than 75% of those polled said that they’re seeing twice as many mobile devices in use as they did just two years ago. The IT community also said that the prevalence of mobile devices in the workplace poses a threat. Two-thirds of those polled said that they had seen an increase in security threats in the last two years and 71% said that mobile devices were a “contributing factor.”
The Android platform was voted most risky in terms of security threats by the polled IT community while the Blackberry was seen as the most safe. Most said that a careless employee was a larger security risk than a hacker largely because of a lack of awareness of their environment but also because of insecure Wi-Fi networks and websurfing.