No company that allows even moderately sensitive information onto smartphones should disregard or skimp on security. Of course, many folks have made that point before-including former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Joseph Haginwho was interviewed by IT Business Edge blogger Lora Bentley this spring about President Obama's desire to use a BlackBerry.
The need to adequately secure devices is vital and can't be restated too many times. The industry has, to a great extent, dodged some pretty big security bullets. This isn't a strategy, however, since at some point the dodger's luck runs out.
This InformationWeek article offers some very useful information on smartphone security software. Deeper information is available through a link in the story, though a signup is required. This article is useful on two levels. From the higher perspective, it makes the point that smartphone security still is far from commodity status. In other words, the tools-and four are reviewed here-are significantly different. Companies should decide precisely what they want to protect and how they want to do it. Shopping on price is not the way to go.
The other perspective is the writers' take on the products themselves. The reviewers looked at Trend Micro's Mobile Security 5.0, Credant's Mobile Guardian, PHP Mobile and Trust Digital's Enterprise Mobility Management. They all got positive notices and the prices are close. Trend Micro's entrant is more comprehensive but has less depth on specific issues, Credant offers strong encryption, PGP protects data both in motion and at rest, and Trust Digital provides protection to diverse gear coexisting in the same system.
Lopez Research, which is headed by Forrester alum Maribel Lopez, scrutinized the iPhone, the BlackBerry and Windows Mobile 6.5 from the device, network and transmission security perspectives. According to results of the study, which were reported at DailyTech, Windows Mobile 6.5 got a three out of a possible four and the BlackBerry a perfect score. The results of the study suggests that the new tag line for the iPhone -- with a score of one (including a 0 in the device category) could be the title from Ralph Nader's 1965 book "Unsafe at Any Speed." This would have been bad news for TMCnet President Rich Tehrani and his family if the iPhone discussed in this entertaining post hadn't eventually been found.