The New York Times obviously had their story angle established before they got this quote from RIM’s new CEO, Thorsten Heins, but it is an interesting one. The NYT threw in something we have been hearing from quite a few security gurus since iOS and Android started making inroads into the enterprise. I doubt RIM’s strategy is to wait for this to happen but like a major earthquake in California everybody seems to know it is going to happen sometime. RIM is planning on supporting both iOS and Android management in their upcoming BlackBerry Fusion product but other solutions like Goodlink attempt to contain the possible damage from a big security issue.
Check out exactly what Thorsten Heins had to say to the NYT:
Mr. Heins believes that RIM’s advantage in the business market remains the company’s focus on security. He said that RIM regularly speaks to chief information officers, who say they do not like that Android devices and iPhones have become prominent in the work place.
“They are in a pickle. Their pickle is security,” Mr. Heins said in an interview. “When the first big security flaw even happens in one of the large enterprises, you will see this turn around. Wait for the day this happens.”
I am not sure if Heins really expects these companies to backpedal but this really stresses RIM’s need to release BlackBerry 10 phones that RIM promises will address this “Consumerization of IT.”