Beware of Jailbroken Phones

By: Absolute Team | 7/5/2012

Gartner analysts recently cautioned companies to beware of jailbroken phones accessing the corporate network under the new bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend. These analysts consider the risk worthy of a complete ban of jailbroken devices.

Jailbreaking gives users root access to the iOS and Android-based operating systems (the term 'rooting' applies to Android phones), bypassing features that some users consider limitations. Using hardware / software exploits, users are able to download software not authorized by Apple, perform additional functions, or use the phone on other carriers.

Jailbroken phones introduce additional risk to the enterprise environment due to the unauthorized apps being used. Although downloading apps from Apple does not guarantee they are 'safe', downloading unauthorized apps increases the likelihood that such an app carries malware that could be introduced to the enterprise system. In addition to the malware threat, jailbroken devices can become a mine for information (including sensitive corporate information).

Gartner analysts say that Android devices are more likely to be rooted than iOS devices are to be jailbroken. If you are concerned about BYOD or stopping jailbroken devices from accessing your network, Absolute Manage can help! In addition to other great features, our software can track installed applications and licenses on all iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices in your deployment.

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