With WebOS now officially an orphan, Blackberry OS racing to the grave and Windows Mobile still trying to get ready for the party, the victors can be crowned – iOS and Android have won. The interesting part of the race is about to begin, namely who has the best security model. Will it be Apple’s draconian, ‘we control everything’ or Google’s happy-go-lucky ‘come on in, everyone’s invited’ approach?
Prediction: The ‘do no evil’ company will struggle mightily to keep evil applications out of their App Marketplace. In an effort to avoid being to mobile what Windows is to PCs (a breeding ground for malware), Google will subtly make Android less open to both partners and developers. They will also announce an initiative to increase security screening for applications before deployment in the App Marketplace. Apple on the other hand will have comparatively few malicious apps to deal with, but at least three major OS flaws that impact all users (and makes the jailbreak team happy). Apple will address the vulnerabilities several days late and apologize to no one. iPad 3 and iPhone 5 sales will turn financial analysts into giddy schoolgirls.
From social media abuse to data breaches to mobile malware and hacktivist activity, 2011 was filled with a vast array of security threats. It’s likely that this activity will only increase as 2012 begins. Michael Sutton, vice president of security research at Zscaler, has joined other prognosticators in identifying the top security threats in store for the coming year.