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Two Out of Five AT&T iPhone Sales are to Enterprise Users

iPhone Security We usually do not mention iPhone sales here but I thought this latest comment by AT&T’s CEO to Engadet was interesting. He mentioned that four out of every ten sales of iPhone’s goes to enterprise users. He says that CIO’s have very little issues since they saw the security Apple put in the iPhone 3GS. For one thing that just goes to show to RIM that their main exclusive partner in the US thinks the iPhone is just as good a business tool as the BlackBerry… Not a good sign.

On the other hand I want to speak to these CEO’s. It was just reading an article about how you can plug a iPhone 3GS into a Ubuntu PC and all of a sudden you have full read & write access to the supposed “encrypted” data on the phone. Not a very secure solution… They also have a failed attempt at protecting their encryption keys which was also discovered. As a security buff I cannot imagine a company with any applied IT policies letting this kind of stuff fly. But who knows I have seen CEO’s demand to have their iPhones on the corporate network…

What do you think? Is the iPhone catching up with RIM in the business market?

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  1. Being a security guy for the military, it baffles me too that anyone finds an iPhone to be secure in any way, shape, or form. Between the Ubuntu issue of late, and the fact that EVERY iPhone OS release has been “broken”, and there are known “root” exploits out there in the wild, it’s craziness from a security perspective. BlackBerry suffers from NONE if these.

  2. I agree they are setting up companies for huge security holes specially for people who travel for business not only that but if the iphone can be jail broken load another OS like the android OS on it I don’t see it being secure at all.

  3. Iphone security is a joke. Anyone that even remotely tries can break it. 30 seconds and you can jailbreak. Hook it up to Ubuntu and you can clone the files.

  4. These CEOs are probably associated with non regulated businesses. Certainly, any type of regulated business such as banks, insurance companies, and the health industry are not using the iPhone for their business enterprises. There is just too much consumer information and personal health information at risk. Heavy fines waiting to happen!

  5. To my dismay, my two biggest customer have been migrating all BlackBerry users to iPhones over the past year or so. They used to order 8300 series devices for everyone, but now the standard is the iPhone 3G :/. I don’t have anything uber-sensitive on my handheld, but I’ll never recommend an iFail to a customer because of these security issues.

  6. Apple is for sure taking some of the enterprise market. They’re not taking it because they have a better product, they’re taking it because people think they care about security but really it’s because iphone users are douchebags

  7. The problem is that, unlike us tech aware people, normal folk give a rats ass about security until it is too late. Likewise for privacy (Facebook) and freedom (App Store) and thanks to that, they buy these shiny toys, which are after all quite functional, and expect to use them in their enterprise world. Much like Microsoft with Windows, Apple have managed to make a shoddy product pleasing enough on the surface for the great masses to fall for it and are firmly on their way of establishing a nice monopoly that nobody will be able to navigate around for years to come.

    • Although it pains me to say it, I thnk you’re right. I actually like the iPhone, but I feel it has absolutely no place in the enterprise, and because I prefer to carry just one phone, I’m sticking with my trusty BlackBerry. It might not have all the bells and whistles and fart apps as the iPhone, but it’s a solid phone that gets the job done.

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