Government declares that Apple iPhones are not to be used for sensitive communications

The new Government has declared that Apple iPhones are not to be used for sensitive official communications until further notice.

A report by the Telegraph claimed that information security experts have not approved their use because of the risk that they might be vulnerable to hacking or other interference. Instead, ministers and staff have been advised to use BlackBerry devices and other approved phones.

The CESG has placed the embargo, instructing that the BlackBerry should be used instead.

Commenting, Simon Ford, director at NCP Engineering, claimed that as organisations become more astute to the threats posed by remote workers and the security issues affecting mobile devices, certain devices are failing to provide the level of security businesses and public sector organisations require from compliance legislation.

He said: “We have to remember that the iPhone was initially developed for consumers but has since evolved into a business phone rivalling the BlackBerry, which critics claim has the upper hand in its encryption technology. However, encryption and remote-wiping alone isn't enough, organisations must ensure they are taking the upper hand and securing the devices themselves, through VPN software and additional firewall protection.
 
“The corporate network has grown more diffuse, but security still remains paramount. Organisations must know who is on their networks and how they are connected in addition to what they are doing and what the user has access to. By hiding behind the covers and not embracing technology, which is rapidly evolving, organisations could see themselves left behind competitors who have the foresight in customising mobile devices their employees use.”

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