NEW YORK, April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Smartphones and other high-end wireless devices now enabling the enterprise mobility revolution may pose significant security risks for enterprise telecom and IT departments that don't take adequate measures to protect network resources, according to the latest report published by Unstrung Enterprise Insider (http://www.unstrung.com/enterprise), a new subscription research service from Light Reading Inc. (http://www.lightreading.com). Mobile Malware: The Enterprise at Risk evaluates the potential impact on enterprise telecom and IT resources of mobile malware -- viruses that target the operating systems driving today's leading mobile phones and computing devices, including Research in Motion's BlackBerry. The report identifies the potential entry points of malware programs and assesses the threat level that each potential trouble spot poses to the enterprise. The report surveys anti-malware products and solutions available from wireless service providers, handset makers, and third-party security software companies. It also includes a set of "Insider Tips" -- guidelines and procedures that enterprise telecom and IT departments should consider to minimize exposure to malware risk. The rapid uptake of advanced wireless devices by the enterprise workforce is making malware a more serious threat to telecom and IT resources, notes Tim Kridel, research analyst for Unstrung Enterprise Insider and author of the report. "Today's mobile OSs, such as Symbian and Microsoft Windows Mobile, are used by dozens of vendors across dozens of models, making it possible to write a single piece of malware that targets a pool of potential victims numbering in the hundreds of thousands, or even millions," he explains. "Malware writers are very good at identifying and exploiting all of the ways that data moves in and out of wireless devices," Kridel says. "Viruses are routinely hidden in games that users download over the wireless network. Others are transferred via Bluetooth or downloaded when the user clicks on a link in a message. A few can enter a phone one way and exit another. Therefore it is necessary to implement anti-malware tools and policies to address all possible scenarios and points of vulnerability." Among the report's key findings: * While most mobile viruses cause minimal damage to handsets and their stored data, the costs of lost user productivity and increased IT support can be significant. * Some malware can infect a handset and jump to a PC during syncing, extending the security risk to all enterprise IT resources. * Enterprises can't depend on carriers or vendors to analyze threats; they should assess products and cobble together their own solutions. * Some mobile OSs are far more vulnerable to malware attacks than others. Mobile Malware: The Enterprise at Risk, a 20-page report, is available as part of an annual subscription (six issues) to Unstrung Enterprise Insider, priced at $1,295. Individual reports are available for $900. To subscribe, or for more information, please visit: http://www.unstrung.com/enterprise. Launched in February 2006, Unstrung Enterprise Insider tracks, analyzes, and evaluates the key industry and technology developments that will have the biggest impact on the enterprise mobility market -- and by extension the entire communications supply chain -- in the months and years ahead. This new service offers keen insight into the hot-button issues that will affect enterprise deployment of enterprise mobility products and services, including: * Next-gen mobile telecom and computing devices and their impact on enterprise networks * Critical mobility applications, including VOIP * Security issues -- and solutions -- affecting corporate mobility applications * Convergence of fixed and mobile communications in enterprise networks * Detailed cost-of-ownership analyses that offer a much-needed reality check for enterprise decision-makers To request a free executive summary of the report, or for details of multi-user licensing options, please contact: Jeff Claudino Director of Sales, Insider Research Services 619-229-9940 firstname.lastname@example.org Press/analyst contact: Dennis Mendyk Managing Director, Heavy Reading 201-587-2154 email@example.com About Light Reading Reaching a core audience of more than 917,000 enterprise IT managers and executives, Light Reading Inc. publishes http://www.lightreading.com, the leading global content site for the telecom industry; http://www.byteandswitch.com, a storage networking site; http://www.unstrung.com, dedicated to wireless networking; and coming May 2006, Dark Reading, a data security site. 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