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Mobile malware accelerating, says Juniper

Mobile malware is a growing menace in New Zealand according to the results of Juniper's latest Mobile Threats Report, which the company released last month.

According to Ian Quinn, Juniper's country manager in New Zealand, more and more New Zealand companies are looking at how to deal with the BYO device trend and the increase in the number of tablets and other mobile devices.

"There is a lot of malware out there, regardless of the platforms," says Quinn, adding that "security is high on the list" of things companies are looking at.

Quinn says there is a fair level of awareness of security risks at the top level but there is an urgent need to "educate wider users", especially as mobile progressively transitions from the consumer field into the business. "There is a new set of risks associated with that," he says.

The security vendor launched its mobile security suite, Junos Pulse, over a year ago and says uptake has been very good. According to Quinn, the company is currently looking for more partners to resell Junos Pulse in New Zealand and he says there are opportunities for resellers in a range of different industries, including health, government and education. "Security is one of the real challenges in this trend and it is where organisations start the conversation," he says.

According to the company's report on mobile malware, Google Android malware alone jumped 3,325 percent in the last seven months of 2012 alone and attacks on mobile devices are not only becoming more frequent but also harder to detect.

From 2010 to 2011, the company says it identified a 155 percent increase worldwide in mobile malware across all mobile device platforms. Juniper also says that in the last year, nearly one in five users of its Junos Pulse mobile security suite required a locate command to identify the location of their mobile device. "The rapid growth in mobile malware combined with ongoing concerns about lost and stolen devices illustrate just how important of an issue mobile security is - and that it is an issue that affects everyone, not just corporations," says Dan Hoffman, chief mobile security evangelist at Juniper.

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