Does Mobile Security still Matter? Motorola Droid Pro Invades Blackberry Turf

by Matt Klassen on November 10, 2010

Research in Motion is in trouble; that is unless the consumer oriented phones that have been part of the Great Enterprise Takeover start putting people out of business, begin leaking valuable information to competitors, or perhaps somehow trigger the Apocalypse.

Not only has RIM seen the likes of Dell—among many others—end their exclusive corporate use of the Blackberry, the Waterloo based company is increasingly losing its market share to consumer oriented devices, those not really made for enterprise use in the first place. Beyond that, however, the enterprise mobile market is about to get a lot more crowded as Windows Phone 7 devices are hitting store shelves and Motorola has just announced the release of the new Motorola Droid Pro.

But as more and more consumer oriented smartphones invade the business market; does anyone remember why Blackberry was so popular in the first place? Hell if I know, but I think it had something to do with security.

For those, like myself, who have worked their entire lives to avoid being a cog in the corporate machine, who have no business secrets to hide, and who desire mobile functionality more than mobile security, the draw of the Blackberry line of phones has always been a bit of mystery.

That being said, for companies around the world that have needed high level mobile encryption and mobile security that is second to none, the Blackberry device has really been the only choice, and despite what other mobile companies will say, it still is the only choice.

Sure it’s great that executives across the country are leading the corporate iPhone revolution, demanding that their IT departments find a way to support their fun little Apple device, but what more and more IT departments are discovering is that these phones simply aren’t safe, lacking the ironclad encryption that Blackberry boasts.

Even the newest enterprise specific phones, like Motorola’s Droid Pro, seems to lack the enhanced security features of the Blackberry, meaning that while its surely a capable mobile business device, what it doesn’t offer is peace of mind, something businesses have historically desired above all else.

For its part, the draw of the Droid Pro is that it has been designed as a global business platform, meaning that on top of the fact that users will be able to access voice service in over 220 countries—130 of which offer 3G connectivity—the phone is designed with Quickoffice Mobile suite which syncs perfectly with the office computer.

While all that is nice, the fact remains, phones like the Droid Pro, the iPhone, or any number of other popular mobile devices don’t have the security features that would allow them to be a reliable replacement for the Blackberry. Although this may strike some as good news for RIM it probably comes as cold comfort, as the last thing most corporate customers think of when using their mobile devices is what level of encryption it utilizes.

So while Blackberry is still really the only choice when it comes to high level mobile business security, clearly security is no longer the number one concern of the enterprise market.

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