Apple is considered by most of the world to be a brand synonymous to premium, high quality tablets, smartphones and computers. But all of their iDevices have one thing in common – a walled garden approach. Apple keeps its OS (especially iOS) related cards very, very close to its chest, but it has now made an unprecedented decision to unveil an iOS security guide.
Intended for informed, I.T. readers, this is a comprehensive guide to “system architecture, encryption and data protection, network security, and device access” for iOS devices.
The report states its intentions in its introductory paragraphs:
“Apple designed the iOS platform with security at its core. Keeping information secure on mobile devices is critical for any user, whether they’re accessing corporate or customer information or storing personal photos, banking information, and addresses….
For organizations considering the security of iOS devices, it is helpful to understand how the built-in security features work together to provide a secure mobile computing platform.”
Quite clearly, it is an overt invitation for IT administrators in workplaces to implement any requisite corporate safety measures, making iOS devices viable options for official uses, without any need for security related concerns.
IT admins can also block (or restrict) certain parts of iOS such as “Siri, FaceTime, the camera, screen capture, app installs, in-app purchases, Game Center, YouTube, pop-ups, cookies”. This would make the scope and reach of security admins almost as far reaching as that seen in Blackberry devices, which have been traditionally known for their security features and IT admin friendliness.
You can have a look at the iOS Security Guide here.