Juniper Addresses Smartphone Security

Networking vendor rolls out a major new initiative to help secure mobile infrastructure.

 By Sean Michael Kerner
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Juniper Networks this week announced a new set of services and technologies to help enterprises, service providers and end users secure their mobile assets.

Among the tools are a mobile security suite for mobile devices and a new global threat and research center focused on mobile security. The new mobile security initiatives are part of Juniper's Junos Pulse software effort and tie into the company's SSL VPN security solutions. Juniper mobile security initiatives come at a time when both mobile usage and mobile threats are on the rise.

"Think about how much personal information is on your smartphone devices, and the amount of theft and loss that can occur either through malware or just simply losing the device," Juniper CEO Kevin Johnson said during a press event.

According to new research sponsored by Juniper, over 76 percent of surveyed users access sensitive business or personal information with mobile devices. Adding further concern is the finding that 25 percent of U.S.-based mobile users reported that their mobile access was not password protected.

The new Mobile Security Suite is Juniper's effort to help secure mobile endpoints including smartphones and tablet devices. From an IT security perspective, the suite includes anti-virus, personal firewall, anti-spam, and monitoring services.

With monitoring, the service enables enterprises to trigger remote data wipes if a device is reported lost or stolen. Another core component of the security suite is its ability to enable remote backup and restoration of user data.

In terms of device support, Juniper is now securing Windows Mobile, Symbian OS, iPhone, Android and BlackBerry mobile platforms. Juniper is making the Junos Pulse Mobile Security Suite available to enterprises and plans on having the service available to consumer via its mobile service providers later this year.

When it comes to actually identifying threats to mobile devices, that's where Juniper's Global Threat Center comes into play. Based in Columbus, Ohio, Juniper's new facility is set to track and identify malware and direct attacks as well as data leakage issues. Juniper plans to share information gained from its new research center with the public as well as use the information to help protect Junos Pulse users.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.

This article was originally published on Oct 28, 2010
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