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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Mobile Security for Global Businesses

A recent study on the Indian Network security market by Frost & Sullivan reveals that Nokia has a market share of 3.9% of the entire security market.  In the firewall/VPN market, Nokia has a 4.7% share.  Frost & Sullivan expects Nokia to shape up as a major player in the coming years on account of Nokia?s product/solution portfolio expansion into various new security platforms.  Today business is all about information and how the right information is sent to the right people at the right time and right place for them to convert it into a business advantage.

Workforces in enterprises today are increasingly becoming mobile.  All this information seamlessly crosses the internal network boundaries to locomote the internet and come back into the network.  This tight coupling, between the enterprise?s internal-network with the mobile user through the internet threatens the existing security initiatives in any enterprise. 

The need of the hour is to provide a high level of security without reducing overall performance or increasing costs.  This involves securing the entire tunnel of communication between the employee and application. 

Previously vendors provided only mobile connectivity solutions containing simply an anti-virus as a security element in the entire mobile connectivity solution.

However, new generation solutions from mobile connectivity solution vendors include a suite of Internet protocol security (IPSec) virtual private network (VPN) based products/solutions for enterprises that need to secure remote access from a remote location by a mobile worker into the corporate networks via mobile devices.

According to Mr. Shende, Director Technology practice with Frost & Sullivan, “Securing mobile users by using secure mobile connectivity solutions helps an enterprise ensure secure connectivity for an employee in a remote location to access the vital information residing inside a company?s network and carry on the transactions just as if he/she was working on the local intranet when in office.

Posted on 12/06