Trend Micro highlights maturity in mobile security

Companies realising need to protect handheld devices as much as other computers

Some companies prefer to let mobile OS makers handle security

"Companies are already taking more of an integrated approach than they took on the desktop; they're telling us that they don't want to support two or three different security applications on these devices because the handhelds don't have as much memory or storage capacity as a laptop," Thiemann said.

"The biggest issue right now for most enterprises is data leakage; they realize that in that regard, they need to apply the same level of rigor in protecting the mobile device that they have on the desktop, and that's driving demand for encryption and many of these other tools," he said.

In addition to the package's AV, firewall, intrusion detection, authentication, and encryption capabilities, Trend said that it is already differentiating from its rivals via integration of the mobile package with its OfficeScan Client/Server Edition 8.0 module -- which can be used to manage policies across Trend's entire desktop and network security lineup.

The company also hopes to win deals based on its work to tie the security package to the Windows Mobile and Symbian mobile device operating systems. While Symbian remains less used than other device OS platforms in North America, having the ability to support devices running on the software will be a key to winning deals with multinational enterprises, Trend officials contend.

However, some industry watchers said that overall demand for mobile device security applications remains scant.

While a handful large government entities and enterprise customers in highly-regulated industries, such as the financial services market, may be looking for advanced handheld protection capabilities, most companies are not ready to open the purse strings to buy more of the tools.

In North America, BlackBerry handhelds made by Research In Motion remain the most popular enterprise mobility devices, and the handhelds already have a strong level of authentication and encryption engrained into their operating systems, said John Pescatore, analyst with Gartner.

Outside of the BlackBerry environment, most enterprises are still dealing with the issue of supporting a wide variety of devices and operating systems, making it less feasible for them to standardize security systems, he said. And with the Windows Mobile platform, customers will wait for Microsoft to build its own security features into future iterations of the OS, the analyst said.

"When the next version of Windows Mobile comes out, Microsoft will have baked a lot more security functions into its software, so customers buying those handhelds will likely rely on those features for encryption and authentication," Pescatore said. "There will likely be some demand for additional mobile security tools from the military and some high-end segments including financial services, but the average enterprise doesn't have handheld security on their budget yet."

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Matt Hines

InfoWorld
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?