Trend Micro has named BlackBerry 7 OS as the best mobile operating system (OS) for enterprise users, giving its slumping smartphone maker Research In Motion (RIM) a break from distressing news about the company’s financials.
According to a study by the security company, BlackBerry 7 OS bested other mobile operating systems in terms of requirements among enterprise executives, in front of Apple iOS 5 with 1.7, Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 with 1.61 and Android 2.3 with 1.37.
The Canadian BlackBerry maker’s homegrown software system grabbed a highest score of 2.89 from several factors, which include native security, app security, authentication, device firewall, device wipe and virtualization.
Researchers from Trend Micro, Bloor Research and Altimeter Group said that Blackberry 7 OS had the highest grade due to its corporate grade security and manageability, and also praising the Apple iPhone for lack of an external/removable storage and Windows Phone 7.5’s robustness.
On the other hand, Android OS did not take in similar good remarks, with the researchers pointing out that version 2.x of Google’s mobile operating system still runs on most devices, which poses underlying security risks because of fragmentation between updates among versions.
“Against the growing, unstoppable backdrop of consumerisation and BYOD, every mobile device is a risk to business,” said Raimund Genes, CTO of Trend Micro.
“What is interesting in these results is that, whilst some mobile platforms have evolved very noticeably along enterprise lines, there is still a strong ‘consumer marketing’ legacy in some quarters and this is negating some of the progress made on the enterprise front. Indeed, some of the attributes we have examined in the report are still firmly ‘enterprise-unready’,” he added.