Should we let iPhones in? Security, iPhone and the Enterprise

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Attempting to assess the pros/cons of using Blackberry vs ActiveSync (specifically iPhone) for remote access to email, calendar and contacts, as well as WAP-enabled access to internal information systems and databases. We are a Healthcare organization running Exchange 2007. Security is a concern and we would like to know if the iPhone is suitable for the enterprise. This request for help was originally submitted to the Research Assistant on

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  • EnterpriseDesktopATE
    This tip from will give you some additional help with getting mobile devices locked down.
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  • 351Frick
    I also work in the IT for healthcare. From what i understand, the HIPAA compliancey issue regarding iPhones can be addressed if wi-fi is disabled and a mobile me account has been attached to allow remote wipe and lock abilities. I'm still looking into it, i seems like ALL the doctors want them.
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  • 351Frick
    Oh, and power on password & time out password enabled. Remove the ability to add a memory card. Or completely encrypt it and hope the encryption doesn't fail. Wi-Fi disabled because human nature dictates they'll go to an open connection and conect when ever convenient.
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