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Smart phones turn fertile ground for exploitation

M. Rajeev

30 p.c. enterprises offer sensitive operations

HYDERABAD: Use of smart phones is catching up with youth and old alike with users relying heavily on the devices for sharing sensitive business and personal information.

Surveys conducted by industry project high figures of employees using their employer's network on their smart phones and access to internal networks and portals through smart devices.

At least 30 per cent of the enterprises offer customer relation management, core business applications and sensitive operations through mobiles. According to a survey conducted by Juniper Networks Mobile Security Threat Centre, a majority of the enterprises do not realise that the information they share could be compromised with some people trying to catch up with them. Smart phones with unlimited access to Internet are becoming fertile ground for exploitation of people who are unaware of the risk.

Juniper Networks has launched a new initiative for protecting data, resources and identity of users irrespective of the model of the smart phone used. Junes Pulse Mobile Security Suite incorporates anti-virus, anti-spam, personal firewall, loss, theft protection and device monitoring and parental control features.

According to Juniper Networks India managing director Ravi Chauhan, a survey conducted on over 4,000 smart phone and tablet users across 13 countries showed that 87 per cent use their devices to share or access sensitive personal information and 39 per cent are not aware of whether they use password protection on their devices. Another survey indicated that over 90 per cent of smart phones and tablets are shipped unprotected.

One in 63 smart phones is infected by mobile spyware and malware and there is high percentage of theft of devices being reported every year. Mr. Chauhan said the company brought together a set of capabilities that covers all the five models of smart phones taking care of security-related issues.

The functionalities in the new suite would enable service providers to offer worry-free environment to users.

Juniper was working out on the pricing of the suite and it could be offered by service providers by charging down payment or through monthly rental from their subscribers.

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