Computer Associates International Inc. has signed an agreement with i-mate to provide protection to their converged mobile devices against virus attacks. Under the agreement, all next generation i-mate Pocket PC Phone Edition and Smartphones will come pre-installed with CA's eTrust Antivirus software.
Existing i-mate device users will have a facility to download the software from i-mate's website at a subsidized price.
Jim Morrison, founder and chief executive officer of i-mate, commented on the agreement saying: "With mobile computing becoming increasingly prevalent, today's Smartphones and PDA's have large amounts of corporate and personal data residing in them. It becomes essential to protect our device owners from security threats including virus attacks that may render this data insecure. Partnering with CA to provide virus protection on our devices is the right approach for creating a safe operating environment for our customers."
For CA, the announcement is part of the company's strategy to grow its US$1 billion business in EMEA through partnerships with OEMs (original equipment manufacturers).
"Usage of PDAs and Smartphones is increasing because of the business-related features they provide, and their compatibility and convenience in managing everyday tasks. As a result, handheld devices, and in particular PDAs, have increasingly become targets to data-compromising attacks from viruses. By integrating CA's eTrust Antivirus software, i-mate has significantly reduced the threat posed by any possible virus attacks on our handheld devices," Morrison said.
CA's eTrust Antivirus software installs itself on the handheld devices and can automatically update signature files via GPRS or wireless connections. It also offers corporate users the option of being centrally managed from the corporate Antivirus server, in compliance with a company's central security policies. Signatures updates will be made available by CA on a daily basis, backed by the 24X7 threat research team, protecting the devices from current and future virus attacks.