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Trend Micro reveals solutions to counter cyber-attacks via mobile platforms

Internet security company Trend Micro has revealed a set of solutions to combat the unprecedented array of cyber-attacks that are continually targeting individuals and enterprises via mobile platforms. The new solutions will help mitigate threats to mobile networks and devices, including product enhancements to support enterprises and consumers alike.
The solutions are designed to defend against fast evolving, sophisticated threats to provide IT administrators with greater control over corporate devices and offer consumers an enhanced user experience. The solutions include:
  • Safe Mobile WorkForce: Provides secure mobile access to corporate data from mobile devices and an improved user experience, while providing the mobile user data through a remote operating system delivered to his mobile device.

  • Trend Micro Mobile Security: A multi-platform security solution to secure users' data and privacy on Google Android, Apple iOS and Amazon Kindle devices. The solution provides first-rate secure web browsing, privacy guidance for Facebook settings, threat protection and lost device protection, data back-up and parental controls.

  • Mobile App Reputation: The world's first mobile app evaluation service that identifies new and existing malware, verifies the reputations of mobile applications and provides threat defence during downloads. The Mobile App Reputation scans, blocks and identifies millions of hazardous apps from a variety of global online sources and has played a pivotal role in detecting and thwarting malicious apps' damage at the BlackBerry App Store, BlackBerry World.

    "Mobile threats continue to grow in intensity and sophistication, and Trend Micro is committed to utilising our proven expertise to address these challenges," said Gregory Anderson, country manager, South Africa of Trend Micro. "In 2014, mobile will become the attack vector of choice for cyber criminals, as the number of Android threats alone is expected to climb to more than 3 million. As cloud-based applications and BYOD policies become mainstream, both employees' and companies' sensitive data are at risk. Our comprehensive solutions will keep this information safe without impeding the mobile experience."

    Partnership with BlackBerry

    Trend Micro is at the forefront of mobile threat research, identifying where attacks will come from and how users can best defend themselves. In Trend Micro's 2013 Mobile Threat Report, threat researchers reported that mobile threats are moving beyond apps and Android's vulnerabilities and are inconsistent with industry standards, developing a less secure mobile ecosystem. In 2013, TrendLabs researchers predicted that malicious and high-risk Android malware would exceed 1 million by the year's end - a figure that took PC malware a decade to reach. Now, TrendLabs predicts that figure will reach 3 million in 2014.

    The effectiveness of Trend Micro solutions is reinforced through its partnership with BlackBerry. Trend Micro further identifies and blocks repackaged Android apps before they are sold on the BlackBerry World storefront. The Trend Micro Mobile App Reputation service identifies and flags potential threats as either "malicious" or "high-risk" to prevent harm to devices and networks.

    "Keeping our customers protected from security concerns, such as malware, remains a top priority at BlackBerry," said Scott Totzke, senior vice-president for Security of BlackBerry. "By leveraging Trend Micro's app-scanning capabilities with our comprehensive app-vetting program, BlackBerry Guardian, we are providing customers with another layer of protection to help ensure that applications within our store are as safe as possible."

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