New Symantec Mobile Suite Offers Encryption, VPN

Symantec is promising to offer mobile devices the same level of security as its integrated products now offer PCs.


The news of the vendor's new Symantec Mobile Security Suite 5.0 is being welcomed by the tech press as more evidence that businesses are getting more serious about all that vital data that lives on smartphones.


We'd add that in some ways, the news also points to a broader diversity in the mobile platform space: the new product line will offer the same functionality for Windows Mobile and the dominant Symbian platform. Previously, Symantec offered only virus protection for Windows Mobile, but more advanced firewall services for Symbian.


The new security suite -- which will also be released under the company's Norton's consumer brand -- will feature data encryption, VPN and remote shutdown, in case a smartphone goes missing.

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