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iPhone security scrutinised by IBM

Few people standing in line to buy an iPhone on Friday in the US will be focusing on the security of Apple’s new phone. But some influential security researchers already have given the matter lots of thought.

Take Neel Mehta, a security expert at IBM’s Internet Security Systems, which typically focuses on perimeter security for large corporations.

Overall, Mehta thinks the iPhone’s security will be better than other smartphones on the market, and he credits the lack of a software developer kit (SDK) from Apple as a definite positive. The absence of an SDK will make writing malware much more challenging, he said, and inexperienced criminals will be scared off. “It doesn’t make it impossible,” Mehta said, “just harder.”

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Apple, IBM, iPhone, Security

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