A while back we ran a show-of-hands survey at a conference of senior IT security pros. Nearly none of them wanted to support iOS, but nearly all of them needed to support iOS.

Which did seem odd, considering how many were using iPhones.

The good news is that although we can’t manage iOS the way we have traditionally managed most of our other employee systems, the platform itself is a lot more secure than most of the other things you are using. I know, you don’t believe me, so just read this paper.

We also have plenty of options for protecting data going to the device, and once it’s on the device. This is the part that tends to be a bit more complicated, with a very wide range of tools and approaches, but all the things we review in this report are realistic and working in production environments. Hopefully this report simplifies things a bit, and as far as we know it is the only place someone has compiled all the options in one place, plus provided a neutral perspective on capabilities and usefulness.

So take a look:

Direct link to the PDF: Defending Data on iOS (v 1.0)

Special thanks to Watchdox for licensing this content so I can feed my kids (well, the one who bothers to eat). As always the research was developed completely independently and published on this blog for peer review throughout the entire process, in accordance with our Totally Transparent Research process.