Network Associates joins Open Mobile Alliance

Network Associates, the network security firm, has become the first security software vendor to join the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA).

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By  Andrew Picken Published  June 1, 2003

Network Associates, the network security firm, has become the first security software vendor to join the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA).

The OMA was created in June 2002 and is responsible for developing interoperable, open and common standards that work across countries, operators and mobile terminals. Network Associates, which is responsible for a number of security brands including McAfee, aims to capitalise on being the first software vendor to join the 300 strong alliance by developing content security systems for mobile and wireless environments.

“This development carries a major significance to the Middle East, because of relatively poor awareness about viruses and a general lack of preventive measures,” said Patrick Hayati, regional director of Network Associates in the Middle East.

According to figures from research house Canalys, the mobile devices market in the Middle East has grown by a staggering 125% year-on-year for the first quarter of 2003. This growth has not been lost on Hayati, who added: “as a region that is recording exponential growth in mobile devices and wireless networks, the Middle East will become increasingly dependent on leading virus protection systems if it wants to avoid sudden losses caused by viruses. We already know that the mobile device penetration has outpaced land lines in this region. Networks Associates is ready with leading edge solutions to assist users of mobile devices.”

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