Should You Ban the iPhone?
When David OBerry, IT director for the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services, was quoted in a Wall Street Journal story titled Why IT Hates the iPhone, he was inundated with complaints from Apple fans.
OBerry noted that while Apple has addressed many of the security flaws of the iPhone, a glaring problem remains: lack of encryption on the device. Until you encrypt that device, it is a walking time bomb from ITs point of view, he said.
Unless data is encrypted at the device level, users can copy sensitive information from work, take it home with them, lose the device or have it stolen and expose confidential organizational information to whomever has the device in hand. In other words, without encryption, the iPhone, or any other device like it, cant be considered enterprise-class.
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