BlackBerry handsets remain the safest choice for corporate use, with Apple's iPhone devices coming in a close second, according to new research from Trend Micro.
Analysts at the firm issued a report examining which mobile operating system (OS) is the safest choice for corporate use, with devices from Research in Motion remaining the top choice, scoring 2.9.
Apple's iOS coming in second with 1.7, while below Windows Phone scored an average rating of 1.6, while Android remained the least secure, rated at 1.4.
The scores from the study are based on a number of factors including the OS's built-in and application security, authentication, the ability to wipe a device, its firewall and virtualisation features.
Speaking to V3, Trend Micro's chief technology officer Andy Dancer said the reason BlackBerry was so safe, was the OS's corporate, as opposed to consumer, origins.
"BlackBerry was designed for the commercial sector and has since tried to access the consumer sector. Other platforms have typically been consumer-oriented first and then added control features later," said Dancer.
"So for that reason BlackBerry is a little more mature in some of its corporate features."
Dancer added Android's open nature makes it the most risky choice for business use, despite the benefits this can have.
"[Because Android] is open, like the Windows desktop, third-party developers can extend the platform and third-party companies can provide protection to defend against malicious intent," he said.
"However, it also provides an easier way for bad guys to write their stuff and that makes it an easy target until everyone gets the right protection in place to restore the balance."
Despite being the most secure choice, though, Dancer suggested BlackBerry may still gradually lose its corporate market share for human, rather than technical, reasons.
"The bring your own device challenge has come about because affordable consumer technology now typically has more exciting features than commercial technology," commented Dancer.
"Staff feel they are more productive with their personal devices and pressure builds on the company to adopt those devices."
The study follows widespread confusion over RIM's future plans for BlackBerry, with the company indicating that it was going to stop targeting the consumer market, only to backtrack on its statement mere hours later.
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