Launch of Greater China’s first mobile security service
F-Secure and CSL --the largest operator in the mobile communications market in Hong Kong --have launched Greater China’s first mobile security service for smart phone users.
F-Secure Corporation, a Finland-based security-as-a-service provider for mobile operators and ISPs, has partnered with CSL to become the first mobile operator in Greater China to provide integrated on-device protection and automatic online security updates to CSL’s customers.
According to F-Secure, the new Mobile Security service provided smart phone users an application with a set of security features to protect against mobile viruses, spyware and other unwanted attacks which could transfer through mobile networks, Bluetooth, infected memory cards or PC by data synchronisation.
CSL’s F-Secure Mobile Security Service, which combined an integrated antivirus and firewall, would be pre-installed in Symbian Series 60 second and third edition smart phones, Windows 6 Professional PDA and Sony Ericsson UIQ devices. Users could also download it to their phones for protection against mobile malware.
The latest statistics from the Ministry of Information of the Chinese Government show that the number of mobile phone subscribers in China had now reached 565 million, with an average monthly increase of nine million subscribers in the first two months of 2008, contributing to a mobile phone penetration rate of 41.6 per cent.
Jari Heinonen (picture), Vice President of F-Secure Asia-Pacific, said: “By using an innovative update system via the mobile network, CSL and F-Secure can now offer a simple and effective solution to enhance the mobile Internet user experience and to help them enjoy a safe online trading environment.”
Dr. Tony Seeto (picture), Director of Product and Business Development of CSL, said the partnership with F-Secure enabled them to provide their customers with a ‘security solution to protect their devices from unwanted attacks, particularly when customers increasingly use their mobile devices for data applications and connecting to the Internet.’