This week, the mobile enterprise advises developers about the security of their mobile applications, while RIM continues to be subjected to strict scrutiny regarding their security.
Security Is in the Hands of Developers
As we reported previously, mobile apps designed for smartphones could bring security woes upon download if users aren’t careful. Both developers and users have a shared responsibility when it comes to security, but to help alleviate fears altogether, developers bear most of the burden. Recently, Dan Cornell, principal of the Denim Group, offered up what he considers to be the Five Things for Smart Mobile Application Developers to Know About Security.
At the core of his suggestions, Cornell asks developers to assume the worst when designing the functionality and security implications of the app. It’s better to assume the malware attacks will be made, phones will be lost or stolen, and that third party software isn’t secure as it should be. Keeping these in mind, developers will be designed their apps not to store sensitive information where it can be captured, while improving the ways that they handle native code.
It’s a win-win for developers. The more secure their apps are, the more valuable they will be to end-users, who, try as they might, will continue to lose their phones and unknowingly expose their phone’s sensitive information to others.
Research in Motion Faces More Security Scrutiny
Speaking of security and smartphones, Research in Motion has been subject to strict scrutiny regarding their security, as of late. The UAE recently announced its plan to suspend BlackBerry's Messenger, e-mail and web browsing services, while Saudi Arabia and Indonesian governments consider similar actions.
Additionally, Research In Motion announced that it would give India access to its BlackBerry messenger service beginning September 1 to address security concerns. The Indian government’s primary concern is that they can’t intercept encrypted email and SMS sent via BlackBerries, therefore leading them to fear that the phones could be used to plan terrorist attacks.
RIM will give agencies access to messenger services on a manual basis, with information provided for individual phone numbers after government requests. By November, RIM will also provide more automated solutions and options for tracking BlackBerry smartphone messages.
Everyone Wants an iPhone (but Not AT&T)
In light of these recent security concerns regarding RIM, a new survey shows that more than half of all Verizon subscribers would likely buy an iPhone if their current provider supported Apple’s device.
According to Morpace, a market research firm, 51% of current Verizon subscribers said they were either "somewhat likely" or "very likely" to purchase an iPhone if Verizon offered Apple's smartphone.
Morpace's poll also showed that nearly a quarter of current AT&T subscribers said that they would probably switch to Verizon if the latter offered the iPhone. Since the iPhone was released, numerous complaints have been made against AT&T by current subscribers.