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December 16, 2008

Threat activity drives mobile security to $900m

Security products from Asia Pacific are in demand

By Jason Stamper

A survey to assess the likely demand for security appliances, network-based intrusion detection and prevention products, and content security gateways has found that service providers will spend $889 million to protect their mobile networks come 2011.

Latest market estimates from Infonetics Research reveal that the Asia Pacific region is currently the source of most demand for these types of security products, and represents 37% of market spending in 2008.

The end of year report also predicts that 34% of the worldwide mobile security revenue this year will come from the sales of integrated security appliances with price points below $30,000.

Growing numbers of mobile subscribers, particularly those accessing the Internet, are generating huge traffic increases on mobile networks, forcing service providers to upgrade capacity across the board, Infonetics maintains. 

Future demand will be driven by data center upgrades being carried out by service providers, and in backhaul projects to secure the links that connect wireless base stations to the corresponding base station controllers.

The analyst group suggests one other driver is the dramatic increase in mobile threat activity.

“Internet friendly smartphones like iPhones, Windows Mobile phones, and Android-based phones are creating a large number of enticing targets for hackers.” This year there has a 400% jump in the number of Trojans detected for Symbian and Windows Mobile alone.

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