“This recent survey from Decipher Inc. shows just how much company sensitive data is accessible via company mobile devices. Although it’s encouraging to see businesses arm their employees with the tools to make the best use of their time away from the office, they also need to be careful that in doing so they also fulfill their duty to care and protect their employees along with their internal and customer data.

Experts have long discussed the potential threats to mobile devices, but many people assume that the PC security model of software downloads and firewalls are the answer. With the variety of handsets available this really isn’t an effective option. Adding to the complexity is the range of communication methods that can be carried out on a smart phone - email, SMS, MMS, web and WAP access - and along with them come a whole host of mobile security threats such as mobile spam, viruses and phishing.

Banning smart phones from work isn’t a viable option either as employees will continue to use whatever communications device they have to make their lives easier, regardless of the security risk it poses to their employer.

Handset based solutions are also limited as they only protect one per cent of mobile users. Also, with mobile devices constantly being upgraded and replaced with higher specification devices, security software which is added is often quickly outdated.

The answer lies with the mobile opetrators as mobile security solutions which are deployed on a network level are both controllable and easily upgraded. Currently many network operators voluntarily police potential fraudsters but as messaging services continue to grow and become more complex, networks need a comprehensive range of features such as anti-spam and virus filtering software, EIR systems and blacklisting, anti-spoofing and anti-flooding technology.

Using a variety of mobile security technologies including antispam and antispoof, and next generation gateways operators can detect abnormal patterns in messaging traffic, confirm legitimate senders, filter content and block suspicious messages. Filtering content also helps the fight against the spread of viruses and trojans. Blacklisting permits users to block certain phone numbers and incoming messages coming from these phones whilst EIR systems have proved to be a very useful tool in handset fraud prevention.

By providing corporate organisations with a combination of virus filters, subscriber controls and individual profiles, operators can help equip enterprises with the tools they need to protect their data and reputation.”

About Airwide Solutions
Airwide Solutions is the leading provider of next-generation mobile messaging and wireless internet infrastructure, applications and solutions. Its mobile security products help more than 120 wireless operators worldwide.

Airwide’s solutions for data security allow mobile operators to control messaging and browsing traffic flows in real time for purposes including parental control, anti-fraud or anti-spam. The reliable traffic management core also enables solutions for special purposes, such as public safety and emergency messaging.

Airwide Solutions operates globally with offices in Europe, the Americas, Asia Pacific and Africa. For more information about Airwide Solutions, please visit www.airwidesolutions.com.

Published on: 12:00AM on 28th July 2008