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Smartphone Security: Solving the Mobile Malware Problem
Despite all of the benefits smartphones offer, one considerable disadvantage is mobile malware designed to damage or disrupt mobile systems. Even though attacks are on the rise, media scrutiny about the attacks is not. This is partially due to some carriers and enterprises not willing to admit the seriousness of the issue; however, mobile malware security vendors have seen a significant increase in the number of enterprises and carriers that are admitting the need for protection.

Smartphones will continue to present an increasingly attractive target for cybercriminals. Threats that were once considered exclusively computer issues have crossed the line and are now significant concerns for mobile users. As such, mobile users are at risk, along with all the information that is stored on their phones, whether personal or corporate.

Budgeting for mobile malware security is tricky for many reasons, including the fact that mobile users simply have not embraced mobile malware security to the extent that it is needed; because every customer's risk profile differs; and because different devices contain varying degrees of sensitive information and serve different business purposes. Not everyone needs the same type of protection.

The fact that many more users are aware of the mobile malware situation than a year ago is rather encouraging. This is perhaps in direct correlation to the fact that so many people are looking to smartphones for more of their computing needs. Regardless of the reason, vendors are encouraged by the fact that there is an increase in awareness surrounding mobile malware, and they hope to see that continue.

This report examines the mobile malware security sector, including analysis of the most imminent mobile malware threats, how solutions to counter mobile malware are shaping up, and strategies for carriers, enterprises, and end users to address the malware issue. The report also examines what to expect for the next 12 to 18 months in the mobile malware security market, including a look at markets that are targeted by mobile malware security vendors, as well as vendors' plans for growth and development. Finally, the report provides a comparative analysis of 11 of the top vendors in the mobile malware security industry.

Sample research data from the report is shown in the excerpts below:
Table of Contents (uni1208_2_toc.pdf)
Mobile malware security vendors hold differing views on the likelihood of various mobile malware threats. However, there are some areas such as OS attacks and third-party attacks that certain vendors believe are highly probable. Vendors and users must be aware of the likeliest attacks and work to prevent them. The following excerpt shows vendors' opinions of the likelihood of mobile malware attacks by area.
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Companies analyzed in this report include: Airscanner Corp.; Credant Technologies Inc.; Fortinet Inc.; F-Secure Corp. (Helsinki: FSC1V); Kaspersky Lab; McAfee Inc. (NYSE: MFE); Mobile Armor LLC; SMobile Systems Inc.; Sophos plc; Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC); and Trend Micro Inc. (TSE: 4704).
Other companies mentioned in this report include: Barracuda Networks Inc.; and Research In Motion Ltd. (Nasdaq: RIMM).
Total pages: 17
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