While malware targeting mobile devices is a relatively recent problem, significant increases in shipments of smartphones, as well as increasing market penetration by Microsoft, have made mobile devices much more attractive targets for hackers. According to ABI Research, the newest and most intriguing market opportunity for mobile security is the growth of mobile device security managed services.
In addition to increased revenue, mobile operators see the ability to reduce churn, improve their relationships with their best commercial customers and generate even more data traffic as positive drivers for adding managed mobile device security services.
Managed mobile device security services are in their infancy. Companies such as F-Secure, Adaptive Mobile, and Bluefire were early to this market, now joined by heavyweight software package players Trend Micro, McAfee, Symantec, and authentication heavyweight VeriSign.
Research brief: “Mobile Device Security Managed Services“