updated 03:10 pm EST, Wed January 18, 2012
iOS edges ahead in corporate network use
A new study from Check Point on Wednesday hints that iOS use may have pushed past the BlackBerry in at least one metric for corporate use. Among the device types connecting to 768 IT pros' networks in the US, 30 percent said the most common was one of Apple's mobile types at 30 percent. Just slightly less, 29 percent, pointed to the BlackBerry as the most common, while only 21 percent were pointing to Android.
The rankings didn't count the absolute number of devices or traffic volume. About 57 percent of respondents were representing companies that had more than 1,000 employees, however.
Part of the adoption may have stemmed from perceived security. iOS had middling fears at 36 percent considering it the greater security risk, while the BlackBerry was relatively safe at 22 percent. Android was perceived as a larger threat than either, though, as 43 percent of IT staff thought Android was the biggest danger. Some of the risks that sparked worries independently of platform, although they have previously been cited as Android issues, include a lack of security updates, corrupt or hostile apps, and data being readily accessible when the phones are lost or stolen.
The Check Point look isn't a completely comprehensive study, but implies that many American companies consider iOS on equal footing rather than past tendencies towards BlackBerry-only policies. Apple has been much more active in adapting its platform to the corporate world than Google and has support for Exchange and other common work necessities that aren't as developed on Android.