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    SMobile Systems Launches Security Shield for Blackberry

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    SMobile Systems, the leading provider of security solutions for mobile phones announced that its top-selling Security Shield application is being introduced for Blackberry. Security Shield for Blackberry integrates its anti-virus solution, VirusGuard, with remote lock, wipe, backup and restore functions.

    For over three years, SMobile VirusGuard for Blackberry has been the only antivirus solution protecting Blackberry devices from malware, spyware and malicious cyber attacks. By coupling this innovative product with remote lock, wipe, backup and restore functions, small businesses and consumers finally have access to remote security functionality previously only available to users supported by large enterprise IT departments with a Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES). For millions of Blackberry users without the benefit of a BES, sensitive data such as e-mail, contact lists and scheduling are now safer thanks to SMobile Systems.

    "We all know someone who has left their phone at a restaurant or in a taxi, and as a result has lost everything from important contact information to confidential personal or professional data," said Neil Book, president, SMobile Systems. "Large corporations are backing up data regularly and IT managers have the option to lock or wipe the contents of a missing device, but individuals and small or medium businesses have gone without the protection of these features until now."

    After downloading the software from the Internet, the user is prompted to register their Blackberry device by including an email address and password. Once registered, they can manage their device from anywhere in the world through a Web-based control panel. If the Blackberry should go missing, the user can issue a lock and backup command to ensure the device is not only protected, but that their personal data is saved and emailed to them. If there is no hope of quickly recovering the phone, the user can erase the sensitive data on the device by issuing the wipe command. If the device is retrieved or replaced, the user may restore the data using the Web-based control panel.

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    Too bad it's only BES. Would be nice for BIS...esp. the remote-wipe function.

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    It is available now to BIS, that's the point of this article.

    ...small businesses and consumers finally have access to remote security functionality previously only available to users supported by large enterprise IT departments with a Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES). For millions of Blackberry users without the benefit of a BES, sensitive data such as e-mail, contact lists and scheduling are now safer thanks to SMobile Systems...
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    thanks ^^ was just about to post that

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    Pretty slick idea there!

    I'd hate to loose my device, but it sure would be nice to render it free of private info if it were to be lost!
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    Now BIS users can be their Own BES admin (sort of, lol) that sounds pretty cool.

    Regarding the malware, spyware, and viruses, I thought the point of the BlackBerry is that they are already protected against things like that.
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    BlackBerry's and Malware

    To the points made about BlackBerry's and malware, it really depends to which type of malware you are referring. While the nature of a BlackBerry operating system makes it less prone to infection by simply opening a file (as with a virus), it is still prone to Spyware. This can be installed while installing an application that is believed to be safe (trojan), or by a person with quick physical access to the device. 2 of the top 3 BlackBerry infectors are Spyware and they have the ability to intercept e-mails, sms, mms remotely and silently turn on the phone, record conversations, etc. This spyware can be running without the knowledge of the user and the only way to detect it is with an anti-malware application. It's important to note that the goal of malware in both the pc and mobile device world has changed from being visually desctructive and noticeable to being silent, stealthy and financially motivated - running without being noticed for as long as possible. You can do a search on FlexiSpy and actually buy spyware for BlackBerrys and other mobile devices.

    The simple fact is that users and Enterprises who are waiting to experience an infection before implementing security software are placing themselves into the unsavory position of unknowingly becoming infected with Spyware and having absolutely no security software in place to identify and address that infection.

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    ^^ excellent post securityman! the silent attack is my biggest fear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vangorder View Post
    It is available now to BIS, that's the point of this article.

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    Read that, just did'nt appear clear to me....sounded more like re-sounding BES advantages. Then again, I went in @ 10:30pm last night...no sleep since. Things get foggy....

    Think "small businesses" part threw me off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SecurityMan View Post
    To the points made about BlackBerry's and malware, it really depends to which type of malware you are referring. While the nature of a BlackBerry operating system makes it less prone to infection by simply opening a file (as with a virus), it is still prone to Spyware. This can be installed while installing an application that is believed to be safe (trojan), or by a person with quick physical access to the device. 2 of the top 3 BlackBerry infectors are Spyware and they have the ability to intercept e-mails, sms, mms remotely and silently turn on the phone, record conversations, etc. This spyware can be running without the knowledge of the user and the only way to detect it is with an anti-malware application. It's important to note that the goal of malware in both the pc and mobile device world has changed from being visually desctructive and noticeable to being silent, stealthy and financially motivated - running without being noticed for as long as possible. You can do a search on FlexiSpy and actually buy spyware for BlackBerrys and other mobile devices.

    The simple fact is that users and Enterprises who are waiting to experience an infection before implementing security software are placing themselves into the unsavory position of unknowingly becoming infected with Spyware and having absolutely no security software in place to identify and address that infection.
    Excellent points, but I think you're going down a path of reasoning that I'm not quite comfortable with.

    The way BB applications work requires them to have a signed key before they can access system level functionality of the device. If someone gets a key and uses it for malware, it's easy for RIM to determine who that author is and remedy the problem.

    Also, your other point is that someone needs physical access to the device. This may be true, but frankly, this is true for any computing device. A person with physical access can pretty much bring any system to its knees (pull the plug...). Much like a person who gains root access on a Unix node, physical access opens up many doors.

    Therefore, I'd have to say that if you keep your device secure by implementing a password before anyone can do anything, and keep the device on your person, you'll easily mitigate that risk. To mitigate installing bad software, well -- that's been an ongoing problem on any computing platform. Logic would state that one should only install trusted software.

    Either way, I'm thinking that the risk of malware on a BB is still insignificant at best.
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    "To mitigate installing bad software, well -- that's been an ongoing problem on any computing platform. Logic would state that one should only install trusted software."


    That's really the key and a problem that is going to continue to worsen with the creation next Spring of the BlackBerry equivalent to the Android Market and Apple App store. Trusting an application can be very subjective and there really isn't a good way to actually know what you are installing. With BlackBerry, it does ask you if you want to allow permissions for specific applications, though most users can be easily tricked and mislead to actually give malicious applications access to e-mail, the Internet, etc. during installation.

    Most of your points, mjwood0 are valid; however, they are reliant upon historically what is the absolute weakest link when it comes to computer security: the human factor. It is because of this human factor that much computer security exists.

    By the way, this very day BlackBerry spyware is being caught on BlackBerry's. The threat is a fact. It may not seem widespread, though keep in mind that most smartphone devices do not have antimalware applications installed (so its virtually impossible to accurately track infections) and malware is now written to be stealthy. Those two factors make it extremely unlikely that suddenly widespreasd, global infections will make headlines. One of two things is happening:

    1. BlackBerry infections aren't taking place because the hackers either aren't smart enough or don't think there is value in attacking these devices

    2. Infections are occuring and are virtually unknown

    Hackers are smart and there is a ton of useful information that can be obtained from a BlackBerry. I personally lean towards number one. If mankind can place a man on the moon, they can hack a BlackBerry.

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    I believe what you were saying is that you lean toward number two in your post. And I'd have to say that to some extent I agree.

    However, I don't feel that this is a widespread problem. Much of the "malicious hacking" for lack of a better term thrives on fear -- fear of individuals, fear of corporations. It is for this reason that I feel that it's important to clarify exactly how high of a threat malware really is. I'm not trying to say that it's not real, I just don't feel that it's widespread enough to warrant fear.

    I feel that we'll continue to see a rise in smartphone and "netbook" sales due to the portable nature of the devices. With this in device numbers, I do believe that people will start taking more notice of these operating systems and more and more spyware, malware and viruses will be created. However, I view the BlackBerry OS much like I view Linux. Threats exist, but at present, they are a much harder target than say Windows based devices.
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    SWEET! gonna buy this weekend!!

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