Available today, Sophos Mobile Security is aimed at securing PDAs and smartphones running Microsoft's current Windows Mobile 5.0 software and the 2007-planned 6.0 version. Sophos' new software is built to guard devices against infection via a variety of messaging and wireless systems, including MMS, SMS, e-mail, instant messaging, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It's also set up to work on-access, on-demand or on schedule, scanning, detecting, and quarantining mobile viruses or spyware. IT administrators can now implement and lock down security policies for the devices. In a recent Sophos Web poll, 81% of IT administrators said they were worried about future malware and spyware targeting mobile devices and 64% said they currently have no security system for company mobile devices.
"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. 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," said John Stringer, product manager at Sophos.
News source: InformationWeek