Sophos launches malware protection for Windows Mobile

February 08, 2007 Sophos Press Release

Sophos Mobile Security
Sophos Mobile Security protects smartphones running Windows Mobile 5.0.

Sophos, a world leader in IT security and control, today announced the availability of Sophos Mobile Security to protect organizations against the growing number of malware attacks aimed at Windows Mobile. Sophos Mobile Security provides real-time protection for Windows Mobile 5.0 based devices against mobile viruses and spyware threats and enables IT administrators to implement and lock down security policies for PDAs and smartphones.

The mobile malware threat has been growing steadily over the last few years and more businesses are now looking to secure confidential data against potential attacks at all endpoints. In a recent Sophos web poll, 81 percent of business IT administrators expressed concern that malware and spyware targeting mobile devices will become a significant threat in the future. However, 64 percent also said they currently have no solution in place to secure company smartphones and PDAs.*

Sophos Mobile Security protects devices against malware infection via MMS, SMS, e-mail, instant messaging, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, ensuring business communications are kept secure. Easy to install and configure, it offers on-access, on-demand or scheduled scanning and detects and quarantines any mobile viruses or spyware with minimal impact on device performance. Central policies can be created and deployed to ensure consistent company-wide security.

"Unlike other products we've tried, Sophos Mobile Security acts as an invisible guardian without affecting day-to-day usage," said Peter Jenkins, managing director of e-Advantage Solutions Ltd. "We are particularly impressed with the management features - it's simple to configure and easy to create reports. It certainly has my recommendation."

Sophos Mobile Security is bolstered by Sophos Behavioural Genotype® Protection technology, which proactively blocks new and unknown mobile threats before they execute. Network administrators are alerted with real-time notification of malware incidents, ensuring threat activity is monitored and neutralised, reducing the impact on employee productivity.

"There is no doubt that the use of smartphones and PDAs is on the rise, letting employees access the internet from virtually anywhere with just a click of a button," said John Stringer, product manager at Sophos. "Unprotected mobiles can be a route for hackers into a seemingly well-defended network. Although the number of mobile threats is small compared to more commonly encountered Windows-specific malware, administrators are looking to defend all the points of entry into their organization."

Sophos Mobile Security supports Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC Edition and Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC Phone Edition.

* Source: Sophos online poll, 612 respondents, November 2006 and 373 respondents, January 2007.