Serious security flaws in the Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet device make it difficult to recommend for use in the enterprise, raising concerns for organisations looking to introduce bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies, according to a new study.\nThe research \u2013 published by Context Information Security \u2013 also looked at the enterprise security features of competing devices, the Apple iPad and RIM BlackBerry PlayBook.\nIt found that although these devices performed better than the Samsung Galaxy Tab in relation to security controls, \u201cthey both have security problems including desktop software that does not encrypt backups by default.\u201d\nContext investigated several security controls to determine if they were suitable for enterprise use. These included data protection, software integrity and updates, access control, security configuration profiles and connectivity, and backup and synchronisation.\nThe Samsung Galaxy Tab doesn\u2019t ship with a locked bootloader and its disk encryption scheme has vulnerabilities. Even when encryption is enabled on the Galaxy, it allows badly written apps to store sensitive information on the unencrypted SD card, the report said.\nA lack of enterprise-level management tools beyond Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync also means it\u2019s difficult to manage more than a small number of Galaxy Tabs in an enterprise environment, the report said. The Apple iPad also shares this problem with the Apple tools that are available, the report added.\nThe report's author, Jonathon Roach, said the tablet\u2019s format is perfect for social networking and creating a sharing documents, presentations and other content on-the-fly \u201cbut the same characteristics also present tough security challenges for organisations.\n\u201cContext\u2019s research suggests that most tablet manufacturers still have a way to go before their products can deliver the high levels of security required for use in most corporate enterprises,\u201d Roach said.\nDespite these issues, Context found that all three tablets have reasonably good support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, which means that core security configurations can be managed from a central Exchange server.\nThe company said the BlackBerry was \u201cfar more advanced in its level of readiness for BYOD than the other two tablets and provided excellent logical and data separation between work and personal modes.\nWhether or not the Samsung Galaxy Tab is suitable for the enterprise may be the least of Samsung\u2019s problems.\nThe company is locked in a legal battle with Apple over patents and in August, a jury in California found it had improperly violated patented technology in the iPhone and iPad. Apple was awarded US$1.05 billion in damages.\nA fresh battle may emerge between the two companies after The Wall Street Journal reported today that Samsung planned to run a television commercial that \u201cpokes fun at Apple\u2019s iPhone 5\u201d in Australia and New Zealand. A similar commercial is being run in the US.