Symantec Releases Mobile AntiVirus 4.0

by CXOtoday Staff    Mar 07, 2007

Symantec Corp. has announced availability of its Mobile AntiVirus 4.0 for Windows Mobile, and has developed PocketPCs and smartphones that run on the Windows
Mobile 5.0 platform.

The AntiVirus 4.0 for Windows Mobile will protect mobile devices from threats transmitted via e-mail and multimedia messaging service (MMS), downloaded from memory cards, the cell network and Wi-Fi, transmitted by Bluetooth and will be beamed over infrared connections.

“Organizations developing a comprehensive security strategy have to include mobile devices as key endpoints that should be secured, just as they’re protecting their desktops and laptops,” says Paul Miller, managing director, mobile security , Symantec Corp.
The Mobile AntiVirus 4.0 for Windows Mobile will use Symantec’s LiveUpdate Wireless service automatically update threat protection signatures to ensure protection against new viruses, Trojans, and worms.

Additionally, the centralized management feature will enable administrators configure, lock, and enforce security policies on the handset from a centralized console. A global survey conducted by Symantec reveals that a significant majority of companies do not adequately address smartphone security. A majority of respondents will allow employees purchase their own smartphones, but only 10 percent have deployed smartphone security systems.

The survey finds that 80 percent of companies allowing corporate data on handheld mobile devices do not secure that data.

“The ad hoc or wait-and-see mobile security approach we’ve seen corporations use in the past is beginning to change,” says Jon Oltsik, Senior Analyst, Information Security, Enterprise Strategy Group.

“CIOs and IT groups are now considering how the business needs of mobility impact their security policies. Many shops that considered themselves PC-only environments are now grappling with multi-environments like Windows and Symbian on mobile phones for the very first time.”, notes Oltsik, Senior Analyst, Information Security, Enterprise Strategy Group.

Symantec Mobile AntiVirus 4.0 for Windows Mobile, will be available through Symantec’s direct sales force, enterprise VAR channel, system integrators and select OEM partners.