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STC signs smartphone security deal with Kaspersky Lab

Saudi Arabia: Tuesday, April 27 - 2010 @ 14:42

STC becomes the Middle East’s first mobile telecommunications network provider to launch the service which will provide increased protection against proliferating mobile malware to nearly four million STC smartphone subscribers.

“In response to the rapid growth in subscriber services and the increasing popularity of mobile-based Internet, as well as the ever-increasing range of sophisticated mobile devices for transferring data, STC has made security and convenient subscriber services a priority addressing a growing need in an environment where Data communication is becoming the core of most customers’ transactions,” said Abdulla Al Kanhal, Service Development Director at STC.

“Protection of mobile devices is an important feature of trouble-free mobile communications, and the fully Arabised Kaspersky KMS solution customized for STC will offer our subscribers a premium quality product,” he added.

STC’s decision to select Kaspersky Lab’s solution was based on the product’s distinct strengths such as easy installation and set up, user-friendly functions, antivirus databases that update automatically and the company’s renowned reputation in the field of anti virus protection.

In 2009, 39 new mobile malware families and 257 new mobile malware variants were identified. This is in comparison to the 30 new families and 143 new modifications identified in 2008, an indication that this year is likely to see a proliferation of mobile attacks. In the same year malware came of age with the first iPhone malware in the form of the Ike worm, the creation of the first spyware targeting Android and the identification of the first signed malware for Symbian smartphones.

“Malware is here to stay and cost millions of dollars to unsuspected GSM users around the world as last year’s debut of malware designed to contact remote servers has opened new profiteering horizons for ruthless cybercriminals including SMS Trojans,” said Tarek Kuzbari, Managing Director, Kaspersky Lab, Middle East, who represented his company at Gitex KSA 2010, for the signing ceremony with STC.

“This agreement with STC is a further testimony of Kaspersky Lab’s reputation as a leading developer of secure content management solutions and it will also ensure that we remain the sector’s fastest growing major in the Middle East. KMS is a leading product in the field providing users complete protection from different types of threats such as viruses, spam and physical theft of handset,” said Kuzbari.

Kaspersky Lab Saudi Arabian partners iAxcess and NOMD led the negotiations that helped clinch the deal and are in charge of the implementation process.

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