Apple adds security features to iOS 9 that will appeal to enterprises
Lost in the noise of Apple's launch of iPhone 6s, iPad Pro and Apple TV was the unveiling of Apple's new mobile operating system, iOS 9, which will be available as a free update on Sept. 16.
While there are a number of enhancements aimed at usability and "multitasking," there are also security improvements that should prove attractive to companies implementing corporate-owned and BYOD programs.
Most important from an enterprise security perspective is Apple's move from a four-digit to a six-digit passcode for device access and its adoption of two-factor authentication directly into iOS.
"Changing from a four-digit numeric PIN to a six-digit alphanumeric is something that is going to resonate throughout the industry as being significant," David Lingenfelter, information security officer at IBM's MaaS360 by Fiberlink, told FierceITSecurity on Wednesday.
"From my perspective from a guy that has been in security for over 20 years, that is acknowledgement [by Apple] that more focus has to be put on authentication and security in general," he added. [ click to tweet]
Lingenfelter said that Apple is also doing things with iOS 9 in conjunction with third-party vendors to help enhance data and app security, such as a focus on encryption and the ability to define the types of apps that can be installed on an iOS device. "iOS 9 is going have some of those enhancements that vendors like ourselves can take advantage of and utilize as they come out," he said.
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