The Center for Internet Security has released a security benchmark for Apple's iPhone that it said could help IT managers better protect data stored on the device.

The benchmark, dubbed CIS Security Configuration Benchmark for Apple iPhone, includes 20 recommendations for system settings, Safari settings and iPhone Configuration Utility settings, said a CIS spokeswoman. The benchmark also includes instructions on securely erasing data and creating strong passwords.

Blake Frantz, chief technology officer at CIS, said the iPhone presents "security challenges" for enterprises. Nonetheless, some large companies, such as Kraft Foods and Oracle, have widely adopted the iPhone for business use. Others, such as Bank of America, have held off supporting the iPhone, citing security concerns.

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