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Network Associates Announces Initiative to Provide Secure Solutions for Wireless Technologies
Posted: 07-Feb-2003 [Source: Network Solutions]

[The McAfee Security division of Network Associates has signed agreements with TI to support its OMAP platform and Symbian to design an integrated security software solution for the Symbian OS.]

Santa Clara, Calif. -- Network Associates, Inc., a leader in network security and availability, today announced its strategic focus on securing the wireless environments that exist today and the emerging markets of tomorrow. As part of the company's strategy to secure mobile devices and host computers, the McAfee Security division of Network Associates launched a two-pronged initiative to provide security solutions for the growing wireless industry. The first component of the initiative will focus on mobile carrier security including mobile operators, platform providers and device manufacturers. The second component will integrate the common wireless technologies being adopted by many corporations.

As the wireless world evolves with new possibilities and complexities brought on by a wider range of devices, services and end-users, so do the wireless threats. According to a recent study by Mercer Management Consulting, wireless breaches will cost mobile operators upwards of $4 billion by 2005 in North America. To address the challenge of growing carrier and corporate wireless security risks, McAfee Security has embarked on developing industry partnerships with leaders such as Texas Instruments and Symbian, and has continued delivering technology innovations for VirusScan, ThreatScan and anti-spam solutions to enhance threat protection and content security.

Industry-leading Partnerships To further provide carrier and enterprise customers with total end-to-end protection for today's connected world, Network Associates is partnering with many of the industry's wireless technology vendors, leading carriers and device manufactures. To extend its range of award-winning security solutions, Network Associates has signed an agreement with Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) to support TI's popular OMAP platform. As a leading anti-virus and content security vendor, Network Associates work with TI, will enable the rapid development of secure 2.5G and 3G wireless handsets and PDAs.

"Effective, power-efficient and virtually transparent security measures will be necessary for the deployment of advanced multimedia applications and services. Texas Instruments is committed to developing advanced wireless technologies enabling secure wireless transactions and data transmission," said Alain Mutricy, TI vice president, worldwide OMAP platform general manager. "By combining the on-chip hardware security available on TI's new OMAP processors, along with Network Associates' mobile virus protection, the wireless industry will benefit from stronger security and system performance, enhancing the consumers' experience and peace of mind."

To further extend the range of wireless security solutions benefiting all mobile users, Network Associates is collaborating with Symbian through its Platinum Partner Program. Through this program, McAfee Security will work with Symbian to further the design of a highly integrated security software solution for Symbian operating system (OS), used by the world's largest handset manufacturers including Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Siemens, and SonyEricsson.

"As Symbian OS products penetrate the global market, it crucial to provide complete security solutions to our licensees." said Gilles Allain, vice president of partnerships and alliances, Symbian. "By becoming a Symbian Platinum Partner, McAfee Security is demonstrating its strong commitment towards the continued innovation and development of Symbian OS and will further enable the delivery of highly secured and better-optimized solutions for the industry."

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