Proliferation of wireless data forms new security market

Friday, 26 December 2003, 3:19 PM EST

Wireless carriers are expanding their data services, and more consumer and business devices are supporting wireless connectivity. There are a number of security risks associated with wireless data, which has driven the creation of a new wireless security market. Most easily addressable within the wireless security market is wireless device security. In-Stat/MDR expects that wireless device security will be a top area of concern for consumers, wireless carriers, and network administrators, as all groups have a stake in the stability and security of the devices. The main challenge in securing wireless devices, according to the high-tech market research firm, is determining whose job it is to secure these devices. Smartphones, normally sold through service providers, are usually considered consumer devices, however, like with the consumer PC market, the average consumer user lacks understanding of how and why to secure their device. Many consumers may demand data security from the service providers and device manufacturers. Meanwhile, corporate IT administrators are torn between the benefits of offering added mobility via wireless devices and the security risks associated with wireless deployment and management.

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