iPad and iPhone are secure enough for business, says Forrester

Apple's iPad and iPhone are secure enough for business use and will keep e-mail and corporate information safe, according to a report by Forrester Research.

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Apple's iPad and iPhone are secure enough for business use and will keep e-mail and corporate information safe, according to a report by research firm Forrester.

Although IT departments initially dismissed the iPhone as insecure, trendy and only suitable for customers, nearly 30% of North American and European enterprises now support Apple's iPhone using OS 3.1, said the report.

Forrester analyst and author of the report Andrew Jaquith said, "Some enterprises require higher levels of authentication assurance, resistance to attack, manageability, and logging than the iPad or iPhone can provide. For these customers, Research In Motions' Blackberry still rules the roost."

The report outlines seven basic policies every business should implement for using Apple's devices, including protecting devices with autolock, a passcode lock and e-mail session encryption. It also suggests policies, such as hardware encryption and certificate-based authentication, for enterprises with higher security requirements.

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