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Smart phones the new security frontier: Kaspersky Lab

Ross O. Storey | Aug. 26, 2009
Unique new products unveiled by Kaspersky Lab to thwart thieves and cyber criminals

Barcelona conference release

In February 2010, at the mobile conference in Barcelona, the world's major mobile device event, we will be releasing a new version which is even better, Dronov said.

Some companies may be making good anti-theft products or good encryption products for mobile phones, but none of them have the complete solution covering all the potential risks that's what makes us different from others.

We are protecting not only the phone but the user privacy and personal data that is inside the device. Mobile devices have so much information about everyone, about our private lives, that's what we protect with this mobile security product.

Comfortable with Simbian smart phones including Nokia and Samsung, it works on all Windows Mobile devices such as HTCs and mobiles from other vendors. A version for Blackberry and Android mobiles is expected to be released next year and they say someday we will have a version for iPhones too.

This is a very young market; a very young field, Dronov said. Everybody knows that PCs must be protected and that you shouldn't take risky action on the Internet, but for mobiles, people are mostly unaware of the potential risks so we are working to protect people and make them aware of the dangers when using their mobile.

Kaspersky for big business

Some 58 per cent of Kasperky's business comes from the consumer spectrum, but one-third is generated by enterprises and big business.

There is also the Kaspersky Mobile Security Enterprise edition, targeted at corporates which can be centrally deployed and managed. Some government organisations in the UK have already deployed this new system.

One system administrator from one point can manage hundreds of thousands of devices and understand the status of protection and perform some action, for example, when a device is lost and someone reports it, the device can be remotely locked, Dronov said.

The market is very young but enterprises are starting to pay attention to this field and are considering different options to protect their mobile users.

He acknowledged that many black hat individuals and organisations originate from Russia, but said his country was not the worst.

We are not the champions'. If you look at the statistics, the majority of malware and mobileware comes from China, Dronov said.

His advice to smart phone users: do not run unknown applications even if they appear to come from known people.


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