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Symantec announces Anti-Virus and Firewall for Symbian smartphones
Posted on 10-May-2005 00:19. | Tags Filed under: News.

Symantec Corp. is announcing the Symantec Mobile Security 4.0 for Symbian.The software provides integrated antivirus and firewall technologies protecting Symbian OS-based Series 60 and Series 80 smartphones, such as the Nokia 9300 and 9500 enterprise devices, from network intrusions as well as from viruses, Trojan horses, and worms.

Symantec Mobile Security 4.0 for Symbian is available in both a consumer and enterprise versions. Consumers can purchase Symantec Mobile Security 4.0 for Symbian as a two-year downloadable service. Enterprise customers can obtain the product via Symantec's enterprise licensing program. In addition, a free 60-day trial version of Symantec Mobile Security 4.0 for Symbian is available for download from the Symantec website.

According to Symantec, smartphones are increasingly being used in much the same way as notebook computers, putting these devices at risk of threats that are similar to their mobile PC counterparts. According to a recent survey conducted for Symantec by InsightExpress, smartphone owners use their wireless devices not only for entertainment but also for emailing, instant messaging, browsing the Web, and downloading and sharing files over the Internet as well as for checking financial accounts. The survey found that 54 percent of smartphone owners use their devices to send and receive emails that include confidential personal data; more than 40 percent access bank accounts using their smartphones; and nearly one third of respondents access credit card accounts. The majority of smartphone users (55.7 percent) also store confidential personal, business, or client data on their devices.

At the same time, threats to wireless devices are increasing. According to the March 2005 bi-annual Internet Security Threat Report issued by Symantec, the first worm to target smartphones, Cabir, was released in June 2004. By the end of December 2004, 11 new variants of Cabir were reported, and in February 2005 Cabir surfaced for the first time in the United States in the wild. Other threats to smartphones also have been reported over the last nine months, including several Trojan horses like Mos, Skulls, and CommWarrior.

The solution delivers proactive protection against Symbian file-based forms of malicious threats, such as viruses, Trojan horses, and worms. Real-time automatic and on-demand virus scan capabilities protect files that are stored on the smartphone, while the firewall intercepts both incoming and outgoing connection attempts and blocks or permits them based on a list of rules. To ensure that devices are protected against new threats, LiveUpdate Wireless allows users to download the latest virus protection updates when the device has access to a wireless Internet connection.

In an enterprise environment, Symantec Mobile Security 4.0 for Symbian offers administrators and end users a flexible management control. Configurable client settings can be set by an administrator and pushed over the air in a configuration file to the smartphone via third-party mobile device management systems. All client security components are updated using LiveUpdate Wireless technology over HTTP connections to a Symantec LiveUpdate server or a company-hosted server. Administrators can locally or remotely configure, lock, and enforce security policies for devices and can send SMS messages to the devices to trigger client applications to perform remote antivirus scans and updates.

Symantec Mobile Security 4.0 for Symbian is available as a two-year downloadable service to consumers from the symantec on-line store. The estimated retail price for the service is US$44.95.

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