Apple's New iPhone Moves Impact More Than Just Consumer Tech
Apple has unveiled the latest iPhone and the latest enhancements, including a new biometric security offering called Touch ID. In addition, Apple confirmed that iOS 7 will be released later this month. So will Apple's newest offerings have any impact to corporate security?
Tue, September 10, 2013
CSO — Apple has unveiled the latest iPhone and the latest enhancements, including a new biometric security offering called Touch ID. In addition, Apple confirmed that iOS 7 will be released later this month. So will Apple's newest offerings have any impact to corporate security?
On Tuesday, Apple announced the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C, two devices that will replace the iPhone 5. However, while the consumer market will have their own opinions and thoughts on the latest Apple offering, the IT community is paying attention for different reasons. Tuesday's announcement from Apple's HQ in Cupertino, California also discussed iOS 7 and the biometric security offering, Touch ID.
During Apple's launch event, Phil Schiller, the senior vice president of worldwide marketing, said that passcodes were too cumbersome for some people. "In our research about half of smartphone customers do not set up a passcode on their device, and they really, really should," he remarked.
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One of the largest risks in a BYOD program is the lack of overall management and data protection; this is why passcodes are the default security setting applied to most devices. It isn't full proof, but passcode enforcement is a solid building block. Yet, without enforcement, most device users skip the passcode, for the same reasons Schiller mentioned.
In order to address this issue, Apple used the technology acquired when they paid for $356 million for AuthenTec (a company that focused on identity management and fingerprint sensors) last July, to offer consumers a "key you have wherever you go. Your fingerprint," Schiller said.
The fact that Touch ID will do more than just unlock the device, as it can act as a secure authentication mechanism for other iOS-based apps, as well as acting as a link to a user's Apple ID -- enabling purchases from the various Apple stores (iTunes, App Store, iBookstore), sparked plenty of debate online.
On Twitter, many of the reactions were focused on privacy issues, and others debated how effective Apple's implementation of biometrics would be in the long term. At issue is the fact that laptops have had biometrics for some time, and they are rarely used.