Mobile Device Security: A Comparison of Platforms

Archived Published: 06 April 2016 ID: G00292802


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Mobile devices frequently contain or have access to sensitive information and must be protected. This assessment aids security professionals by comparing and analyzing the security controls of the most popular mobile device operating systems.

Table of Contents

  • Comparison
  • Analysis
    • Drivers for Mobile Device Security
    • Risks to Mobile Devices
      • Physical Attacks: Device Loss, Theft and Disposal
      • Logical Attacks Through Network or Other Communication Interfaces
      • Logical Attacks on Devices: Rootkits, Malicious Software and Configurations
    • Common Security Functionality in Mobile Platforms
      • Core OS Security Features
      • Corporate-Managed Security Features
    • BYOD Fitness
    • Future Considerations
      • Changes to Devices and Controls
      • Increase in Number and Sophistication of Malware and Configuration Attacks
      • Increased Device Support for Multipersona and Data Security
  • Guidance
    • Understand the Threats
    • Set Baselines of Mobile OS Versions and Hardware
    • Be Cautious When Investing in Mobile Device Security Apps
    • Ensure That Enterprise Apps Are Secure
  • The Details
    • Mobile Platform Security Controls
      • iOS
      • Android
      • Windows
      • BlackBerry
    • Adding Security Through Mobile Threat Defense Solutions
      • Endpoint Protection Clients
      • Mobile Application Risk Management
      • Managed Information Containers
      • Device Management Agents (MDM/EMM)
      • Controls and Solution Approaches
  • Gartner Recommended Reading
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