Company bans Android due to security risks related to fragmentation

ITWire reports that Google’s policy of not fixing any vulnerabilities in Android before Jellybean (v 4.3.1)  (65% of Android handsets) was causing companies to lose confidence in the OS and turn to alternatives like iOS and Windows Phone.

They quote one unnamed but major corporate user as having banned Android devices from its network.

“We simply cannot cope with managing the plethora of Android devices and apps on our network. We are happy to support iOS 8.x and Windows Phone 8.x – and apps from their stores but that is it!”

ITWire notes the average consumer with an Android device must run an antivirus/malware product and pose a risk of infecting corporate networks. More than 98% of mobile malware is written for that platform.

They conclude:

The answer for enterprise (business at least) seems to be to support iOS and Windows Phone 8.1 – Windows 10 will be no issue.

I think we are already seeing evidence of this attitude permeating the business world, with Microsoft announcing recently that they are the leading mobile platform amongst small and medium enterprises in UK and second overall, suggesting they have already overtaken Android there.

It seems, like Windows of old, the route to consumers for Microsoft will once again be via the work place.