Android and iOS represent the lion’s share of the mobile operating system market, and while there’s inherent risk with the use of any mobile device in the enterprise, Android presents a much bigger target for malware attacks and, in turn, corporate security issues.
With the massive growth of Android-powered devices in businesses over the past couple of years, companies need a strategy to minimize any risk the platform may pose, according to industry research firm J. Gold Associates.
“The point is because Android is basically open source, anyone can look at what’s in Android. You can’t do that with iOS,” said Jack Gold, principal analyst with J. Gold Associates. “If you’re LG, for example, and you put out a phone with modification to the OS, and you didn’t do a good job with it, there’s a potential vulnerability. And, in this day and age, someone will find it.”