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Apple's iOS 7 gives security pros a lot to like

John P. Mello | Sept. 11, 2013
New mobile OS, launched with its iPhone 5S and 5C and a free update for iOS 6 users, should strengthen Apple's appeal in the enterprise

Gupta noted that Apple has also modified the application lock feature in the new iOS. Prior to iOS 7, if a phone was lost or stolen, whoever recovered the handset may not be able to get past the application lock to access the phone's data, but they could do a system reset and use the phone as their own.

That can't be done with iOS 7. If the application lock is activated, a system reset won't allow the phone to be reused. "It becomes a brick," Gupta said.

With its new security features, iOS is keeping pace with security stalwart BlackBerry, and Samsung's Knox security platform. "With the introduction of Knox, Apple has had to play catchup with Samsung in the enterprise market," Gupta said.

However, SAP's Krishnapillai said that because of the way the Android ecosystem works, Apple has a leg up on Samsung. Knox is limited to a specific model of Samsung phone.

"Developers writing for Knox have to make an app for Knox and one for the rest of the Android market," Krishnapillai said. "App developers for iOS only have to write for iOS."

Read more about wireless/mobile security in CSOonline's Wireless/Mobile Security section.


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