Securing Symbian

Security vendor Symantec has released Symantec Mobile Security 4.0 for the Symbian mobile operating systems (OS), claiming it offers the only security solution for OS that provides integrated antivirus and firewall technologies.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  May 19, 2005

Security vendor Symantec has released Symantec Mobile Security 4.0 for the Symbian mobile operating systems (OS), claiming it offers the only security solution for OS that provides integrated antivirus and firewall technologies. Symantec Mobile Security 4.0 for Symbian protects 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. “Regionally, we have seen a high adoption of wireless and mobile computing in the enterprise, so Middle Eastern users need to be more aware of the threats that can be carried on their smartphone or wireless PDA device, and how they can secure these devices against such infection,” says Kevin Isaac, regional director, Symantec Middle East and Africa. “Partnering with some of the world's leading Symbian carriers we are working together to protect devices that are increasingly taken inside corporate firewalls, opening the network up to malicious threats,” he adds. Symantec Mobile Security 4.0 for Symbian is available as a two-year downloadable service for users of select Nokia and Panasonic smartphones. In addition, a free 60-day trial version of Symantec Mobile Security 4.0 for Symbian is available for download from the Symantec website. The estimated retail price for the service is US$44.95. There are more than 25 million Symbian OS-based phones on the market with over 40 Symbian OS phone models currently shipping. Symantec also posted results for its fourth fiscal quarter and the fiscal year ended April 1, 2005. Symantec posted revenue for the quarter of US$713 million, a 28% increase compared to US$556 million for the same quarter last year. Revenue for fiscal year 2005 was US$2.6 billion, a 38% increase compared to US$1.9 billion for fiscal year 2004.

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