Mobile phone security attacks on the rise

Mobile phone security attacks on the rise
Mobile phone security attacks on the rise 

By Will Head
11 Dec 2006

The number of security attacks against mobile phones is increasingly 
dramatically, according to new data from Juniper Research.

The analyst firm has identified a raft of risks that can affect mobile 
users, including viruses and malware.

These dangers, combined with ever-tightening corporate governance rules 
and the increasing use of mobiles to store critical data, will prompt 
mobile users to install security products on 247 million mobile phones, 
nearly eight per cent of the total, by 2011.

Juniper's latest report also forecasts that mobile phone theft will 
continue to rise, despite initiatives by mobile operators and police 
forces. The analyst firm expects that nearly four per cent of mobile 
phones will be stolen annually by 2011.

Revenues from mobile security products, including antivirus, virtual 
private networks, data and file encryption and mobile identity 
management applications, are expected to generate almost $5bn worth of 
revenue by 2011.

The biggest mobile security market will be in the secure mobile content 
sector, where antivirus, anti-spam, anti-spyware and content filtering 
will make up 40 per cent of the total market, according to the report.

Revenue from mobile data and file encryption products is expected to 
outstrip the PC market by 2011.

"Initially driven by the data-hungry mobile business user who has seen 
the benefits of data services such as email, predominantly on BlackBerry 
devices, we will see mobile security products go mainstream by late 2008 
or early 2009 resulting in a doubling of revenues from 2008 to 2010," 
said Juniper analyst Alan Goode, author of the report.

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