Security

Research: Apple rated highest for security on mobile devices

Mobile devices are almost universal in the enterprise in 2016. Tech Pro Research conducted a survey to see what devices employees are using for work, and how safe these devices are.

In new research conducted by Tech Pro Research, 98% of respondents said they use mobile devices for work. Smartphones and laptops were the most common, with 94% of respondents who use mobile devices using them. 74% of mobile device users said they work with tablets. Wearables haven't found a widespread usage base in the workplace, with only 14% reporting using them. When users rated the security of devices based on vendors, Apple got the best ratings in all categories.

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For smartphones Apple's high ratings could be partially attributed to familiarity since 67% of respondents said employees at their company use iPhones. Only Samsung was close to Apple in terms of prevalence, and the company was way behind Apple in security ratings.

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Apple also had the largest share of tablet use, and the highest security rankings, among respondents. 53% said they and their colleagues use iPads and 46% of users ranked security as very good or excellent.

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Dell was the most popular brand among respondents, in terms of use for work, but it got third place in security ratings.

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Security on wearables appears to still be developing, based on the mediocre security ratings among all brands, and the fact that security feature usage isn't the norm for wearables yet.

SEE: The dark side of wearables: How they're secretly jeopardizing your security and privacy
SEE: The future of wearables and their role in the workplace

To find out more, and get expert analysis about Tech Pro Research's findings on SDN, download the full report, Mobile Device Research: 2016 security trends, attack rates, and vendor ratings for smartphones, tablets, laptops, and wearables.

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About Amy Talbott

Amy Talbott is an associate editor at TechRepublic. She edits CXO, mobility, and open source content, as well as research reports for Tech Pro Research.

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