Championing security over crimeware: F-Secure, Nokia Solutions and Networks join forces
As PC sales fall, the mobile malware scene is evolving, and consumers increasingly expect their ISP to take care of their digital security
Buckinghamshire, UK, 30th January 2014 – As the mobile malware scene becomes ever more complex and sophisticated, F-Secure and Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN), the world’s specialist in mobile networks, are teaming up to provide innovative new solutions to protect consumers’ privacy and to keep mobile devices clean from malware incidents. The partnership combines both companies’ years of expertise to address the rapidly developing mobile malware era.
With declining PC sales, figures show that the malware war will increasingly be fought on the mobile front. The number of new mobile malware threats detected continues to grow by at least 25 per cent every quarter*. And last year, for the first time, Android malware was discovered outside app stores, in the form of malvertising and drive-by downloads. Mobile botnets and premium SMS-sending scams attempt to take advantage of consumers.
Meanwhile, consumers expect more security from their Internet service providers. According to an F-Secure survey**, 54% of people are concerned about whether they are safe online when browsing from their mobile phone. While 69 per cent of people think it is the responsibility of their communications or Internet service provider to keep their digital life safe. This view will only increase with the global move towards cloud, as services are moved from the device to the cloud and network level.
“NSN strongly believes that best-in-class security can be achieved only by combining the forces of market leading experts. NSN and F-Secure are establishing a partnership to protect mobile users from continuously increasing security threats,” says Thorsten Robrecht, vice president, Portfolio Management at Nokia Solutions and Networks.
“We are pleased to partner with NSN, the world leader in mobile networks,” said Samu Konttinen, executive vice president, Customer and Market Operations at F-Secure. “We’re glad to join with them in proactively attacking the problems that mobile malware create for both the consumer and Internet service providers.”
**F-Secure Mobile Threat Report July-September 2013, http://www.f-secure.com/en/web/labs_global/whitepapers/reports
*The F-Secure Digital Lifestyle Survey 2013 covered web interviews of 6,000 broadband subscribers aged 20–60 years from 15 countries: Germany, Italy, France, the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Poland, the USA, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Australia and Malaysia. The survey was completed by GfK, April 2013.
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Nokia Solutions and Networks is the world’s specialist in mobile broadband. From the first ever call on GSM, to the first call on LTE, we operate at the forefront of each generation of mobile technology. Our global experts invent the new capabilities our customers need in their networks. We provide the world’s most efficient mobile networks, the intelligence to maximize the value of those networks, and the services to make it all work seamlessly.
With headquarters in Espoo, Finland, we operate in over 120 countries and had net sales of approximately 11.3 billion euros in 2013. NSN is wholly owned by Nokia Corporation. http://www.nsn.com