Mobile security: iOS vs. Android vs. BlackBerry vs. Windows Phone

Android Marshmallow and iOS 9 add new tricks to the MDM arsenal, especially for app management

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Apple's iPhone and iPad long ago pushed out the BlackBerry as the corporate standard for mobile devices, in all but the highest-security environments. Earlier this year, Google -- whose Android platform reigns outside the corporate world -- got serious about mobile management with a new effort called Android for Work. And Samsung upped its the game with a new version of its Android security suite, Knox.

Now we have Android 6.0 Marshmallow and iOS 9, both of which offer refinements to their respective existing mobile management capabilities, particularly in the areas of app management.

What's new in iOS 9

Released in mid-September, Apple's iOS 9 has very few new policies for managing iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches. But there are a handful: Using an mobile device management (MDM) tool, IT admins can now force iOS updates as well as stage their deployment across supervised devices -- corporate-issued devices under full IT control.

There are also new policies in iOS 9 to control whether devices can roam on cellular networks, to enable or disable screen recording, and to control whether they can use Apple's Mail Drop feature to send large attachments. (Mail Drop stores the documents in iCloud and sends the recipient not using an Apple device a link instead to download the attachment from; Apple device users see the normal attachment in their email, even if it exceeds their email server's attachment-size limits, because Apple Mail reattaches the file automatically behind the scenes.)

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