Cloud Security Authors: Zakia Bouachraoui, Yeshim Deniz, Terry Ray, Liz McMillan, Pat Romanski

Related Topics: Cloud Security

News Feed Item

Kaspersky Lab Offers Peace of Mind for Owners of Lost or Stolen Smartphones

The New Kaspersky Mobile Security(TM) 8.0 Lets Smartphone Owners Encrypt, Lock, Block, Track, Wipe, Monitor and Protect Their Data From Mobile Threats and Losses

WOBURN, MA -- (Marketwire) -- 06/03/09 -- Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of Internet threat protection solutions that defend against computer viruses, spyware and all forms of malicious software, today announced the general availability of Kaspersky Mobile Security™ 8.0. Built with a unique combination of security controls and data protection tools, Kaspersky Mobile Security 8.0 offers a critical line of defense for users of Symbian and Windows Mobile devices from a potentially devastating loss of their personal data caused by a misplaced smartphone, a common thief, or a sophisticated hacker.

As increasing numbers of consumers use mobile devices to access and store sensitive information -- personal banking information, proprietary business plans, corporate emails, or photographs -- these smartphones are becoming an increasingly attractive target for thieves. Industry analysts at IDC have predicted the number of converged mobile devices will grow globally from 151.6 million in 2008 to 334.2 million by 2013(1), and as more business and personal data makes its way to these mobile devices, a loss or theft becomes much more than an annoyance. It becomes a real threat to a person's identity and a real liability for businesses, underscoring the need for tighter security practices with respect to both consumer and enterprise smartphone usage.

According to Jon Crotty, Research Analyst, Security Products & Services at IDC, "As average consumers account for an increasing number of smartphones sales, these devices will be operating without the benefit of a business IT department providing oversight and assistance. As the amount of information -- both personal and professional -- stored on these devices increases, so does the inherent risk of losing this data."

What's New in Kaspersky Mobile Security 8.0?

Kaspersky Mobile Security 8.0 delivers comprehensive data security and the latest malware protection for smartphones using the Windows Mobile and Symbian operating systems. New features in Kaspersky Mobile Security 8.0 include:

--  New GPS tracking capabilities to locate mobile devices that have been
    lost or stolen.
--  A new encrypted folder to keep sensitive information on the smart
    mobile device -- such as a company's IPO plans or personal Web site
    passwords -- safe from prying eyes.
--  An enhancement to the SIM Watch feature allows users to remotely
    delete data stored on their mobile device even if a new SIM card has been
--  Parental Controls, allowing parents to block communication to and from
    undesirable contacts, or to limit the smartphone's ability to only contact
    specified, pre-approved numbers.  Parents can also use the smartphone's GPS
    capabilities to determine their child's location, or to block the
    installation of mobile software applications.

What if the Phone is Lost?

For mobile devices that are left, for instance, at a restaurant or the backseat of a taxi, Kaspersky Mobile Security 8.0's SMS Find feature instructs the phone's GPS software to transmit its current coordinates to its owner. These GPS coordinates are automatically displayed on Google Maps, allowing users to obtain a real-time location of their misplaced phone.

What if the Phone is Stolen?

If the phone has been stolen, the rightful owner can remotely block communications to and from the device, and has the ability to remotely delete all data from the device, preventing contacts or sensitive information from being illegally used or stolen. If the thief tries to circumvent these GPS tracking and data deletion programs by replacing the device's SIM card, Kaspersky Mobile Security 8.0's SIM Watch will send the rightful owner a message containing the device's new telephone number. This ensures users will maintain the ability to delete sensitive data, and can provide the phone's new number to wireless service providers and law enforcement agencies that can track and recover the stolen device.

How to Keep Highly Sensitive Data Safe

Users storing sensitive or private information can now create an encrypted 'safe folder' on their mobile device, ensuring that this data cannot be viewed or downloaded if left unattended.

What About Malicious Mobile Software Attacks?

Kaspersky Mobile Security 8.0 takes advantage of the best anti-malware protection that Kaspersky Lab has to offer. This new mobile security solution uses an antivirus scanner to protect against all known types of mobile malware, preventing malicious programmers from hampering the phone's functionality or capturing mobile data. The software can also be used to control incoming and outgoing content, allowing users to easily block spam text messages and phone calls from unwanted numbers. This content filtering capability also has built-in Parental Control features that allow parents to easily manage their children's mobile access, blocking calls and text messages to-and-from undesirable numbers. Kaspersky Mobile Security 8.0's Parental Controls also allow parents to use the on-board GPS capabilities inside these smartphones to determine their child's location.


Justin Priestley, Senior Vice President, Consumer Sales, Kaspersky Lab Americas

"Smartphones are quickly becoming more and more the norm for mobile communications. The capabilities of these phones have evolved far beyond simply a phone. As these devices become a natural extension of an individual's own computer, they require the same premium protection as a desktop or laptop PC. Kaspersky Mobile Security 8.0 offers unprecedented levels of security and much needed control over the data stored on these smart devices. The bonus with Kaspersky Mobile Security is that you get some very innovative mobile phone theft protection along with Kaspersky's world famous anti-malware protection. It's the best of all worlds when it comes to protecting your data and your identity."

Prices and availability

Kaspersky Mobile Security 8.0 is a subscription-based offering available now for purchase through the Kaspersky online store at www.kaspersky.com for $29.95 per license. The software is compatible with all smartphones using the Symbian OS (versions 9.1 or higher) and Windows Mobile (5.0 or higher).

(1) Source: IDC, Worldwide Converged Mobile Device 2009-2013 Forecast and Analysis, Doc # 217210, March/2009

About Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab is the world's largest privately-held Internet Security company, providing comprehensive protection against all forms of IT threats such as viruses, spyware, hackers and spam. The company's products provide in-depth defense at work, at home and on the road for home and mobile users, small and medium sized businesses and large enterprises, protecting more than 250 million systems around the globe. Kaspersky technology is also incorporated inside the products and services of approximately 100 of the industry's leading IT, networking, communications and applications solution vendors. For further information about the company, please visit www.kaspersky.com. For the latest in-depth information on security threat issues and trends, please visit www.viruslist.com. For the most up-to-date world security news, visit www.threatpost.com.

Image Available: http://www2.marketwire.com/mw/frame_mw?attachid=995977

Press/Analyst Contact:
Greg Sabey
Kaspersky Lab Americas
P: + 1 781 503 2654
E: [email protected]

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
The deluge of IoT sensor data collected from connected devices and the powerful AI required to make that data actionable are giving rise to a hybrid ecosystem in which cloud, on-prem and edge processes become interweaved. Attendees will learn how emerging composable infrastructure solutions deliver the adaptive architecture needed to manage this new data reality. Machine learning algorithms can better anticipate data storms and automate resources to support surges, including fully scalable GPU-c...
To Really Work for Enterprises, MultiCloud Adoption Requires Far Better and Inclusive Cloud Monitoring and Cost Management … But How? Overwhelmingly, even as enterprises have adopted cloud computing and are expanding to multi-cloud computing, IT leaders remain concerned about how to monitor, manage and control costs across hybrid and multi-cloud deployments. It’s clear that traditional IT monitoring and management approaches, designed after all for on-premises data centers, are falling short in ...
Predicting the future has never been more challenging - not because of the lack of data but because of the flood of ungoverned and risk laden information. Microsoft states that 2.5 exabytes of data are created every day. Expectations and reliance on data are being pushed to the limits, as demands around hybrid options continue to grow.
Dion Hinchcliffe is an internationally recognized digital expert, bestselling book author, frequent keynote speaker, analyst, futurist, and transformation expert based in Washington, DC. He is currently Chief Strategy Officer at the industry-leading digital strategy and online community solutions firm, 7Summits.
With 10 simultaneous tracks, keynotes, general sessions and targeted breakout classes, @CloudEXPO and DXWorldEXPO are two of the most important technology events of the year. Since its launch over eight years ago, @CloudEXPO and DXWorldEXPO have presented a rock star faculty as well as showcased hundreds of sponsors and exhibitors! In this blog post, we provide 7 tips on how, as part of our world-class faculty, you can deliver one of the most popular sessions at our events. But before reading...
If a machine can invent, does this mean the end of the patent system as we know it? The patent system, both in the US and Europe, allows companies to protect their inventions and helps foster innovation. However, Artificial Intelligence (AI) could be set to disrupt the patent system as we know it. This talk will examine how AI may change the patent landscape in the years to come. Furthermore, ways in which companies can best protect their AI related inventions will be examined from both a US and...
Charles Araujo is an industry analyst, internationally recognized authority on the Digital Enterprise and author of The Quantum Age of IT: Why Everything You Know About IT is About to Change. As Principal Analyst with Intellyx, he writes, speaks and advises organizations on how to navigate through this time of disruption. He is also the founder of The Institute for Digital Transformation and a sought after keynote speaker. He has been a regular contributor to both InformationWeek and CIO Insight...
DXWorldEXPO LLC, the producer of the world's most influential technology conferences and trade shows has announced the 22nd International CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO "Early Bird Registration" is now open. Register for Full Conference "Gold Pass" ▸ Here (Expo Hall ▸ Here)
Bill Schmarzo, Tech Chair of "Big Data | Analytics" of upcoming CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO New York (November 12-13, 2018, New York City) today announced the outline and schedule of the track. "The track has been designed in experience/degree order," said Schmarzo. "So, that folks who attend the entire track can leave the conference with some of the skills necessary to get their work done when they get back to their offices. It actually ties back to some work that I'm doing at the University of ...
@DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo, taking place November 12-13 in New York City, NY, is co-located with 22nd international CloudEXPO | first international DXWorldEXPO and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time t...