Mobile carriers a new line of defence against mobile malware

Mobile telecommunications carriers like Vodafone will increasingly play a role in normalising bring your own device (BYOD) programs by using deep packet inspection (DPI) technology to prevent the compromise and exploitation of mobile devices outside the corporate network, the head of security supplier BAE Systems Detica has predicted.

Within the past few weeks, that company’s Detica MobileShield service began filtering the data going to and from Vodafone customers, in Australia and in the company’s other divisions globally, using carrier-grade DPI techniques designed to identify and block malicious traffic before it even reaches the device. Vodafone markets the filtering product to customers as Vodafone Mobile Threat Manager, which is made available to customers on an opt-in basis.

Because BYOD programs intrinsically involve trusting user devices, the opportunity to block botnet, phishing and other attacks before they get a chance to infect those devices makes mobile carriers potentially crucial allies in stemming the flow of mobile malware into the enterprise.

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