02-15-2007, 01:25 AM
83-percent of Global Mobile Operators Affected by Mobile Device Infections
83-percent of Global Mobile Operators Affected by Mobile Device Infections (13-02-2007) McAfee's research reveals that incidents have increased by more than five times in 2006 McAfee's research reveals that incidents have increased by more than five times in 2006
McAfee, Inc. has announced findings from a new research that reveals mobile operators globally are experiencing more mobile malware attacks than ever before, and spending more time and money on recovery from these attacks. The research found that nearly half of the operators who have experienced mobile malware outbreaks have had one within the last three months. Twice as many mobile operators spent over $200,000 on mobile security in 2006, compared to 2005.
The Informa Telecoms & Media (ITM) study, sponsored by McAfee, is one of the first of its kind to examine in detail mobile operators' past experiences, current attitudes and future plans with regards to mobile security.
The Situation Today
The purpose of the study was to discover to what extent mobile operators are affected by mobile threats. The findings revealed that:
83 percent of mobile operators questioned have been hit by mobile device infections
The number of reported security incidents in 2006 was more than five times as high as in 2005
100 percent more operators spent over $200,000 on mobile security in 2006 compared to 2005
The number of mobile operators estimating that the cost of dealing with mobile threats is more than 1000 hours increased by 700 percent
The main impact of security incidents was on customer satisfaction, a key issue in an industry still plagued by high turnover. Nearly one-third (29 percent) of operators stated that subscriber satisfaction had suffered more than any other factor including revenue. The second most serious impact from mobile malware infections was on network performance.
"This research clearly demonstrates that mobile security is moving quickly up the industry agenda with the number of malware incidents rising and more time and money being dedicated to resolving mobile security issues," said Patrick Hayati, Regional Director, McAfee Middle East. "As mobile data use and functionality proliferates and mobile operators around the world are transforming their businesses from airtime revenue models to transaction-based and content-centric businesses, security is becoming an essential enabler for the success of new revenue-generating services," added Hayati.
Further statistics and findings can be found in the McAfee Mobile Security Report 2007, which is available online at http://www.mcafee.com/mobile.
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83-percent of Global Mobile Operators Affected by Device Infections