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Symantec releases updated Symantec Antivirus for Handhelds
Posted on 7-Apr-2004 08:23 | Filed under: News

Symantec announced the new Symantec AntiVirus for Handhelds Corporate Edition 3.2 with support for wireless device deployments in enterprise environments. Symantec AntiVirus for Handhelds Corporate Edition 3.2 is fully device resident and can be deployed and managed on Palm and Windows Mobile based Pocket PCs without the need for synchronization with a desktop system. Geekzone published a review of Symantec Antivirus for Handheld Annual Edition for personal use.

“Wireless deployments are of increasing importance to enterprise security as they are typically brought in through the backdoor of an enterprise,” said Lily De Los Rios, vice president, client and host security, Symantec. “The presence of a wireless connection elevates overall security concerns, as more connected devices present an inherently higher security risk to an enterprise organization. Symantec AntiVirus for Handhelds 3.2 will help enterprises to better manage the risk wireless devices can pose to the security of an organization.”

According to Gartner Dataquest, more than 20 million handheld computers have been sold during the past five years. Yet, industry experts estimate that virus protection is on only one percent of these devices; the remaining 99 percent are unprotected.

Symantec also announced it's joining the Microsoft Mobility Partner Advisory Council (MPAC). MPAC is a partner program developed by Microsoft Corp. to serve as a focused feedback mechanism for Microsoft Windows Mobile platform development, and provide leading companies with the tools and resources they need to bring the most innovative and successful mobility solutions to market.

Symantec AntiVirus for Handhelds Corporate Edition 3.2 is an untethered, desktop-unassisted solution tailored to remote installation and management with Mobile Device Management solutions. Symantec AntiVirus for Handhelds Corporate Edition 3.2 offers the following new features:

  • Installation over Mobile Device Management:
  • Administrators can push the installable files over their wireless management systems without requiring synchronization with a desktop for initial installation.
  • Management over Mobile Device Management:
  • Symantec AntiVirus for Handhelds Corporate Edition 3.2 allows administrators to change and lock product settings remotely. A configuration file is created by the administrator and pushed to the device, carrying the configuration of settings they desire on their handheld devices.
  • Updating over Mobile Device Management:
  • The system administrator can download the updated definition files to their Mobile Device Management system and push the updates to their mobile devices.
  • Configurable WLU Support: Wireless LiveUpdate can now be configured to retrieve definition updates from an internal server. Administrators who already use internal LiveUpdate servers for definition updates can configure their mobile devices to pull definition updates from the same location.


  • More information: http://enterprisesecurity.symantec.com...
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