Symantec's New Mobile Security Service to Scan Mobile Apps
Symantec is bolstering its mobile security portfolio as it preps a new service that will roll out later this year -- and that will differ vastly from existing wireless security solutions, the company says. The cloud-based system scans any application the user attempts to download and automatically compares it to a list of known threats and sources. MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.Symantec showed off a new approach to mobile security here at company headquarters during a media event this week. Symantec Mobile Reputation Security (SMRS) is a prototype for what the company calls a next-generation solution to mobile security developed by its research labs. John Kelly, Symantec's (NASDAQ: SYMC) senior director of technology and business development, said mobile security requires a unique approach that both preserves open access to applications and provides assurance that those applications are safe to run. "Symantec believes the future of mobile operating systems is openness and open APIs," he said. "Today, the applications are pre-vetted by companies like Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) for the iPhone, but in the future that will change with Android and others."
Specifically, the rise of Web-based applications and others that tap more open mobile operating systems present a potential, Symantec would say inevitable, problem for carriers. Openness creates an opportunity for malware creators and even so-called "badware" applications that are poorly designed and can actually impact network performance.
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