Symantec pushing into mobile space

IDG News Service |  Security

Symantec Corp. is making a major push to get its security products into more mobile phones as 3G (third-generation) services and smart phone use spreads internationally, company executives said in Tokyo on Thursday.

"The growing levels of adoption of mobile devices mean that we need to protect these with the level of capability that you see in the desktop world," said John Thompson, Symantec's chairman and chief executive officer.

On Nov. 3 the company announced availability of its Symantec Client Security software for two Nokia Corp. phones, the Nokia 9500 Communicator and the 9300 smartphone model, which use the Symbian operating system.

In Japan, where 3G services are already widespread and are continuing to grow, the company is now talking to carriers and handset makers to offer them as yet undisclosed Symantec products, Thompson said in an interview.

"We've met several times with a number of potential partners to show them how to protect their 3G phones. We're working on a broad strategy," he said.

The software for the Nokia handsets provides antivirus and firewall software that is preloaded in the phones' memory cards, and can be undated wirelessly, Symantec said in a statement.

"Small form factor devices as well as PCs need to be protected, and so will 3G phones," said Robert Clyde, Symantec's vice president and chief technology officer.

"Nokia is an acknowledgement of the high importance of this," he said.

Japan's biggest carrier, NTT DoCoMo Inc. is investing heavily in Symbian OS. In December 2003, the operator announced that it was giving

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