The security protection in Apple's iPhone and iPad make the devices suitable for many business environments, according to a recent analyst report.
Forrester Research said that, since the debut of the first iPhone in 2007, security has improved to the extent that IT administrators should no longer refuse to support iOS devices.
"The decision to support the iPhone and iPad in your enterprise is an easy call," wrote senior Forrester analyst Andrew Jaquith.
"Your rank-and-file employees want it, and your executives are likely to have already made many special requests to your IT team."
The analyst noted that iOS had not quite reached the security level of competing platforms such as the BlackBerry OS, and that the Apple operating system may fall short for those who rely on the logging of text messages and fine-grain application security controls.
For the majority of enterprises, however, Jaquith said that the iPad and iPhone provide adequate security protection, given proper device management.
"With the right policies and technical controls, you can operate Apple mobile devices at least as securely as the typical corporate laptop, without malware and with an insurance policy (remote wipe) against theft or loss," the analyst said.
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