RIM’s BlackBerry 7 operating system is world’s most secure

News Richard Goodwin 10:36, 12 Apr 2012

It might not be the biggest or the best mobile operating system but RIM’s BlackBerry 7 is still the world’s most secure platform, according to Trend Micro

RIM’s BlackBerry 7 operating system has been voted the world’s most secure operating system by a panel of experts at Trend Micro.

Trend Micro, a security and threat management firm, tested RIM’s BlackBerry OS 7 alongside three other operating systems – Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android, and Microsoft’s Windows Phone.

The platforms, according to Trend Micro, were each scored on a combination of factors including built-in security, application security, authentication, device wipe, device firewall, virtualisation, and many others.

BlackBerry attained the highest average score (2.89), followed by iOS (1.7), Windows Phone (1.61) and Android (1.37).

Android came last for a variety of reasons, according to the report, although the main issue is platform fragmentation. This means that ‘there is no central means of providing Operating System updates, meaning that many users remain unprotected from critical vulnerabilities for a prolonged period.’

On Apple’s iOS, the report said: ‘security in iOS also extends to the physical attributes of the iPhone and iPad. There are no options for adding removable storage, which in effect provides another layer of protection for users.’

The report describes Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system as ‘reasonably robust and secure.’

Raimund Genes, CTO at Trend Micro and one of the researchers who produced the report, commented:

‘Against the growing, unstoppable backdrop of consumerization and BYOD, every mobile device is a risk to business. What is interesting in these results is that, whilst some mobile platforms have evolved very noticeably along enterprise lines, there is still a strong ‘consumer marketing’ legacy in some quarters and this is negating some of the progress made on the enterprise front.’

He added: ‘Indeed, some of the attributes we have examined in the report are still firmly enterprise-unready.’

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