Gartner Research

Security Control Requirements for Mobile Devices: A Comparison of Platforms

Published: 26 March 2013

ID: G00250257

Analyst(s): Eric Maiwald, Mario de Boer


Mobile devices frequently contain sensitive information and must be protected. Some mobile platforms are more secure in a default configuration than others. This assessment aids security professionals by comparing and analyzing the security controls of the most popular mobile device platforms.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings


  • Drivers for Mobile Device Security
  • Risks to Mobile Devices
    • Physical Loss, Theft and Disposal
    • Malicious Software
    • Direct Attack
    • Insider Use
  • Security Requirements
    • Authentication
    • Encryption
    • Device Wipe
    • Isolation
    • Jailbreak Detection
    • Anti-malware
    • Kernel Security
    • Application Vetting
    • Application Monitoring and Control
    • Secure Remote Access
    • Secure Browsing
    • Device Firewall
    • Backup and Restore
    • Manageability
  • BYOD Fitness
  • Future Considerations
    • Changes to Devices and Controls
    • Increase in Number and Sophistication of Malware Attacks
    • Increased Device Support for Multipersona


  • Controls and Solution Approaches
  • Platform Security Controls
  • Understand the Threats
  • Manage Mobile Diversity Depending on Security Features
  • Be Cautious Investing in Mobile Device Security Applications
  • Ensure That Enterprise Applications Are Secure

The Details

  • Mobile Platform Security Controls
    • iOS
    • Android
    • Windows Phone
    • BlackBerry
  • Adding Security Through Client Solutions
    • Endpoint Protection Clients
    • Managed Information Containers
    • Device Management Agents

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