Kaspersky Lab announces the release of Maintenance Pack 1 for Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 for Smartphone. This update introduces support for the Android platform as well as new versions of the Symbian and BlackBerry mobile operating systems.
Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 for Smartphone incorporates all the necessary components to guarantee reliable protection for mobile devices, including: antivirus and anti-theft modules, protection for personal data and the ability to block unwanted calls and SMSs. In addition to providing malware protection, Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 for Smartphone keeps corporate data safe even if a smartphone is lost or stolen. It can also help to locate a lost smartphone using the device’s internal GPS receiver and can inform the owner of the new number if the SIM card is changed.
New features and improvements in Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 for Smartphone include:
- Full protection for Android-based devices, including virus protection, anti-theft, protection of sensitive data and blocking of unwanted calls and SMSs.
- Other new operating systems, popular in the corporate world, are also supported. Maintenance Pack 1 introduces support for Symbian^3 and BlackBerry 6.0. Previous versions of BlackBerry (4.5-5.0) and Symbian (S60 9.1-9.4 for Nokia models) operating systems are also supported, as well as Windows Mobile (5.0-6.5).
- Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 for Smartphone includes features to keep sensitive data confidential, including the communication histories of important contacts.
- Android devices can be centrally managed via the Kaspersky Administration Kit, which enables rules and policies to be set that are in accordance with employees’ activities.
Mobile Threats Overview
Smartphones are becoming increasingly popular with consumers in general. According to Gartner, in the first quarter of 2011 sales of mobile phones increased by 19% overall, and of the total sales figure, smartphones accounted for 23.6%, a rise of 85% year-on-year. The most popular smartphone operating system is Android, with Symbian and Apple’s iOS coming second and third respectively.
Every day, more people are making active use of their smartphones for work, which offers a new level of convenience, but also introduces new threats to sensitive data. The first effective virus for smartphones appeared in 2004. Worm.SymbOS.Cabir used Bluetooth for attacking other Symbian-based phones, and back then the advice from analysts to turn off Bluetooth when not needed sounded reasonable enough. Nowadays though, that advice is no longer suitable as smartphones have more ways to connect to the Internet and other devices than most desktop PCs. In 2011, the number of malicious programs for mobile phones detected by Kaspersky Lab exceeded 500 (see full report). A large number of these target ordinary phones via the ubiquitous J2ME platform. The cybercriminals have their sights firmly set on users’ money and personal data which they try to obtain via SMS and premium rate number scams, and some may even have the capability to intercept mobile banking verification data.
Malware is not the only way to compromise corporate data on mobiles. In a forecast for 2011 by IDC, they noted that lost or stolen smartphones, application vulnerabilities and device support in corporate infrastructure will become an even bigger problem for companies. According to IDC’s forecast, “Mobile device support is a growing issue as more corporate employees buy their own laptops, smartphones and other devices and request corporate access to networks, data and applications”. So, if an unprotected smartphone is stolen, a criminal may not only gain access to sensitive data on the device itself, but to the whole corporate infrastructure as well. A simple analysis of a corporate calendar, which is often automatically synchronized with an employee’s mobile phone, can reveal more than you might expect. A phone book with sensitive business information can reveal even more.
A further problem for mobile phones in general is unwanted calls and SMS. As well as spam, these two issues distract device owners and waste their time - and unsolicited SMSs may even contain links to malware or other threats.
- Reliable protection for mobile devices
Like desktop security solutions, Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 for Smartphone ensures real-time protection with on-demand and scheduled scans. The malware database is regularly updated over-the-air. Detected malware may be deleted, quarantined, logged or referred to the user for a decision, depending on the settings.
In the event of a smartphone being lost or stolen, sensitive data on the device can be remotely blocked or wiped using predefined SMS commands. Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 for Smartphone increases the probability of finding a missing smartphone by providing a GPS Find function. This function utilizes a device’s internal GPS module, acquiring device location data by remote request. A SIM-watch function allows the owner to retain control of a stolen smartphone even if the SIM card is changed.
- Encryption and Privacy Protection
Selected phone book entries, SMSs and call logs may be kept private using the special features inside Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 for Smartphone. Also, user selected files and folders in the device’s memory can be encrypted and password protected.
- Centralized deployment and management
A smartphone’s security settings and restrictions can be managed as part of the corporate IT infrastructure by using Kaspersky Administration Kit. Other management solutions such as Sybase Afaria and Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager are supported too.
Sergey Nevstruev, Head of the Mobile Solutions Business Department, Kaspersky Lab
“The Android platform saw tremendous growth in 2010 and became the leader in early 2011. With Maintenance Pack 1, Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 for Smartphone allows Android and other mobile devices to be integrated into corporate infrastructures. As a result, our solutions ensure corporate data security and protect against threats on the four most popular mobile platforms, a fact that is sure to be appreciated by our corporate clients”.
Victor Dronov, Senior Product Manager, Mobile Solutions Business Department, Kaspersky Lab
“Mobile devices are having a massive impact on corporate IT. Along with all the many benefits they bring to everyone’s working lives – mobile email, access to corporate and customer data on the move, new communication abilities – there is also a dark side: information leakage and malware threats. Smartphones are equal in importance to other endpoints such as laptops and workstations – but are very often overlooked when it comes to protection. Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 for Smartphone gives enterprises the opportunity to minimize the risk of confidential data being leaked when mobile devices are lost or stolen and prevents the installation of malicious or fraudulent software.”
Pricing and availability
Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 for Smartphone can be purchased as part of the Kaspersky Open Space Security enterprise-level product line. Contact your local Kaspersky Lab office to confirm product availability and prices.