Apple has not yet responded to TheStreet's request for comment on this article, although the company's Web site touts the iPad's many "layers of security."
"You can require complex passcodes to access important information securely, encrypt data over the air and at rest, and even remotely wipe everything from your iPad instantly in the event of theft or loss," it said.
Apple, for example, extended its MobileMe software to the iPad earlier this month, which lets users remotely lock, wipe and locate the devices. In a clear nod to corporate security, Apple also supports Cisco (CSCO) virtual private network (VPN) technology on the iPad.
"IT departments can enforce complex passcodes and other policies on iPad to protect corporate data," explains the Apple Web site. "And certificate-based authentication enables iPad to securely connect with corporate data via Exchange and VPN."However, Jack Gold of analyst firm J.Gold Associates, says that the iPad still has some way to go before it is a bona fide business tool. "It might be ok for thin client applications where no data gets transferred to the device and accesses the device via a VPN," he wrote, in an email. "
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