Alcatel-Lucent is taking its mobile malware protection services to the cloud under a new moniker, Mobile Security Guardian. (See AlcaLu Attacks Malware With Motive Security Guardian.)
The security platform is a rebranding of Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU)'s Kindsight Security Labs' mobile malware software used by operators such as TDS Telecom , but with one key difference: It's virtualized to make it easier for operators to deploy in a cloud environment. (See Alcatel-Lucent Releases Malware Report and LTE Brings More Malware.)
The platform automatically notifies customers if malware is found on their devices, providing steps for them to remove it themselves. The hope is to eliminate potential calls to customer care. Alcatel-Lucent says Guardian, as a virtualized solution, can identify malware and take steps toward preventing it without having to be installed on devices. It is part of the vendor's CloudBand 2.0 NFV portfolio and its Motive Customer Experience Management platform, which focuses on automated CEM through data analytics. (See Alcatel-Lucent Unveils New OSS Strategy and Alcatel-Lucent Unveils Motive Big Network Analytics Solution.)
Why this matters
Moving security to the cloud has cost and service agility advantages, and it also meshes with operators' predilection for virtualization in any and all new service offerings. Securing the device and its apps is relatively low-hanging fruit when it comes to mobile security, but it is nonetheless important. According to Alcatel-Lucent's studies, 15 million mobile devices are infected with malware at any one time -- a number that's growing by 20% annually. And 65% of mobile users expect their wireless operator to be the one to do something about it.
Speaking of doing something about it... Light Reading is holding its next Mobile Network Security Strategies show in New York City this Wednesday, where Heavy Reading analyst and security expert Patrick Donegan will be joined by executives from Verizon Enterprise Solutions , AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and other operators to discuss how the network itself can be a security tool. Find out more and register to attend here.
Check out coverage from last spring's Mobile Network Security Strategies conference below:
- AT&T's Amoroso: Perimeter Security No Longer Enough
- Security in a 4G, M2M World
- Slide Show: Mobile Network Security Strategies London
- Telenor Connexion: Securing the Internet of Things
— Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, Light Reading