Do iOS 7 security features, Touch ID benefit Apple mobile security?

Do iOS 7 security features, Touch ID benefit Apple mobile security?

Do iOS 7 security features, Touch ID benefit Apple mobile security?

Date: Nov 15, 2013

When it comes to mobile security, most see Apple and its iOS operating system as being a step ahead of competition such as Google's Android OS. Not keen to rest on laurels, Apple made waves in the security community last year when it acquired biometrics vendor AuthenTec for $356 million. Apple implemented Touch ID, AuthenTec's fingerprinting technology, promoting it as the "killer feature" in its iPhone 5S device. Additionally, the release of iOS 7 saw the inclusion of several other security features. How do these recent moves affect enterprises that have standardized on Apple mobile technology?

In this video interview, recorded at Information Security Decisions 2013, Rich Mogull, CEO and analyst for Phoenix-based consultancy Securosis, discusses all the latest Apple mobile security happenings, from new iOS 7 security features to Touch ID.

First, Rich details the two most prominent Apple security features for enterprises: data protection and activation lock. Apple's data protection changes the way iOS devices encrypt data, while activation lock provides more control over how a lost device can be used. Rich also takes time to discuss criticisms of Apple's App Store security processes, as well as the security implications of Apple's influential role in the mobile market. Ultimately, Rich finds comfort in many of the moves Apple has made on the mobile security front, and believes Apple-centric enterprises should feel the same.

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