Mobile Security - why the Time Is Now
Mobile security is quickly becoming essential for mobile carriers. As mobile devices and networks continue to evolve from second generation (2G) to broadband speeds and also become more open, security attacks on mobile networks and devices will likely increase substantially. The global acceptance of smart phones, net books, PC cards/dongles, and other third-generation (3G) devices is enabling mobile users to access and generate more content and applications, many involving financial transactions. In addition, mobile carriers are opening up their networks from the traditional walled gardens. While this creates new revenue opportunities, it also opens the door to new security threats. This paper will discuss some of the key factors that are contributing to the increasing need for mobile security.