The Apple App Store is one of the largest successes in the security community, according to F-Secure security chief Mikko Hypponen.
Hypponen said the closed approach taken by Apple for its App Store has made the marketplace one of the most secure in the world, in a question and answer session at the Infosec conference on Wednesday.
"Think about the Apple model, you have a device where you can't program on it, you can't load your own code, you can only install things that have been inspected and approved by the vendor - the same model we saw with Nintendo and PlayStation," said Hypponen.
"Say what you will about the system but it works. It's been running for six years and in those six years it's become one of the most valuable platforms in the planet, a really big target. But despite that, in those six years there's not been a single case of malware - that's a massive success story."
Hypponen said that despite the even with the security benefits of the closed approach he was surprised how eagerly end users have embraced the closed model.
"I think a more open approach could be better and I definitely prefer open environments and open source. But we've got to give credit, despite all its shortcomings, it has worked," said Hypponen.
"If you don't like them, you don't have to use them and frankly I've been surprised how willing and eager people are to embrace this model. They're happy to give up the right to program your own device or run whatever program they want. Apple took a gamble and it worked out."
Hypponens's comments mirror those of most security firms' findings. Numerous firms including F-Secure, Kaspersky, Trend Micro and Symantec have criticised Apple's biggest competitor Google for its overly open approach.
Google doesn't pre-vet apps or services being sold on its Android ecosystem, letting users upload apps to the official Play Store with security checks or sell them in custom third party marketplaces. As a result numerous dangerous Trojan apps have been detected on the Play store, some of which are estimated to have infected millions of Android devices.
Most recent mobile security firm Lookout reported uncovering the BadNews malware infecting users' devices via a fake malicious app network.
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