Second, password protection on the iPhone is scant. More than providing a four-digit maximum for passwords, the iPhone has provided no way to enforce password use or policies as users can simply turn the password feature off.
Third, the iPhone's lack of a remote lock or kill feature has left IT in the lurch if the device is stolen or lost.
Apple said it will add on-device encryption, IT-manageable security policies and remote-kill features as part of the iPhone 2.0 update, though it is unclear whether this means IT will need an iPhone-specific management tool or can use popular management systems they likely have already deployed. Apple is making the new software available before the June release to IT organizations willing to test the beta version.
In the meantime, IT will have to decide whether these three security shortfalls justify banning the iPhone from the enterprise until the new software is out and its capabilities better understood. A good way to judge that is to make an honest assessment: Are you as tough on USB thumb drives, smartphones, and work-at-home users' PCs as you want to be on the iPhone?
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Note: An earlier version of this story published on March 3, 2008, did not include any information on the iPhone 2.0 software update's capabilities