The Bluefire Mobile Firewall Plus 3.0 now includes infrared and Bluetooth communications management to add increased security to Windows Mobile based handhelds.
Faced with the growing security threat created by mobile devices with Bluetooth and Infrared connectivity, security administrators can use the upgraded version of Bluefire Security’s flagship product to disable these communication capabilities before an enterprise deployment of personal digital assistants (PDAs) or converged devices.
The vulnerability of Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices, as demonstrated by frequent break-ins over the past year, has raised serious concerns among the security community. Since most PDAs and smart phones come standard with Bluetooth or Infrared built-in, administrators need to disable these capabilities before issuing the devices to employees and risking information theft or backdoor exposure to the enterprise. Planning to issue 900 Hewlett-Packard iPAQ PDAs to its employees, an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will increase security protection of its PDAs through the use of Bluetooth disabling, pre-installed Bluefire software.
To assist companies and government agencies with managing the threat from hackers willing to expose weaknesses in the handheld computing platform, Bluefire Security will now make available a handheld vulnerability alert service from its Cambridge, Mass.-based Handheld Security Research Lab. Organizations can subscribe to an e-mail alert service or use Bluefire Security’s Web site to receive existing and future vulnerability information, a first line of defense against would-be criminals.
The company says Bluefire Mobile Firewall Plus is a complete mobile security solution, providing firewall, intrusion detection, integrity management, encryption, device authentication and policy-based enterprise security management features. Bluefire’s software runs on most Windows Mobile Pocket PC devices.