Airwide Solutions (Burlington, MA, USA), the company best known for transmitting the first SMS text message, has announced the launch of their Network and Personal Security (NPS) solution. The solution aims to shield subscribers and operator infrastructure from potential threats and unwanted content.
Since mobile data is already in widespread use, and is being used for increasingly critical applications such as mobile banking and mobile payments, the demand for more robust mobile security has accelerated. According to Jay Seaton, CMO of Airwide Solutions, "the enthusiasm for new devices and applications is masking the threats that are brewing below the surface. While much of the mobile security focus has been on spam--and we still do see significant growth in this area--spam is often viewed as simply an annoyance. What can be far more damaging and pervasive are the ever-changing range of other mobile security threats including fraud, spoof, malware and a wide spectrum of malicious or unwanted content including bullying and sexting."
According to Airwide, their solution differs from others in the market today, by offering multi-layered security in the network that provides a comprehensive, yet modular, means to address security issues facing mobile operators and subscribers. NPS is designed to protect subscribers and operators from a variety of threats, ranging from off-net traffic sources to advertising spam or bullying messages and revenue leakage from VAS providers.
According to a recent report by Ovum (London, UK), over three-quarters of workplace smartphone users believe they expose their business to attack. 60 percent of users are afraid of personal devices being used as a conduit for malware getting onto the network and 40 percent are concerned about a compliance failure. However, despite this, the survey found that protection is randomly implemented across organizations with 62 percent of users relying on simple username and password sign-on.
That first SMS message--by the way--was sent in December 1992, from a PC to a handset at Sema Group (now Airwide Solutions), via the Vodafone network, and read "Merry Christmas."