Smartphone Threats Intensify
Written by Daniel   
Wednesday, 18 February 2009 13:04

Enterprise data at risk, according to new McAfee report, which shows mobile device manufacturers seeing more malware attacks than ever before

Feb 17, 2009 | 02:26 PM
By Kelly Jackson Higgins
DarkReading

Security threats were bound to catch up with the proliferation of smartphones across the enterprise. More than half of mobile device-makers said their products experienced malware, voice-, or text spam attacks last year, according to a newly published report from McAfee.

Experts have long warned that smartphones, such as Windows Mobile and iPhone handsets, could become the new weakest link in the enterprise, with more users relying on them for accessing corporate email, surfing the Web, and other applications. "[Users] want to do everything on them," says Stewart Allen, a Toronto-based independent consultant. "But they are [typically] completely bypassing the IT infrastructure." They are also bypassing security, he says, putting sensitive corporate data at risk.

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