Research In Motion has always had the reputation for providing the most secure platform on the market, which is why the OS has been so widely adopted by business users. Even with competing OSes making moves in the enterprise setting, it sounds like none can match RIM’s tight security. According to a survey by Trend Micro, Research In Motion’s BlackBerry 7 operating system is still the most secure OS on the market. Various competing operating systems — iOS 5, Windows Phone 7.5, BlackBerry 7 and Android 2.3 — were all judged based on factors such as built-in security, application security, authentication, device wipe, device firewall and virtualization.
BlackBerry 7 came in well above the competition with a score of 2.89, while iOS came in second with a score f 1.7; Windows Phone 7.5 placed third with a score of 1.61 and Android 2.3 came in as the caboose with a score of 1.37. “BlackBerry [was the] best option for the most stringent mobile roles… but features need to be managed for there to be a benefit to the business,” the report said.
Trend Micro acknowledged there are more up-to-date versions of Android, but said version 2.x is still the most widely deployed on existing and new handsets, “creating a security risk in itself.” The company also went on to commend Windows Phone on its “reasonably robust and secure” feature set, which uses advanced privilege and isolation techniques.
The result is good news for BlackBerry 7 and certainly explains why the U.S. government purchased 400,000 devices BlackBerry devices last year. The Waterloo company may not be the most popular in consumer quarters, but it’s still the best there is — at least as far as security is concerned — in the enterprise market.