Sprint Leads New Group Concerned with Mobile Security

Nov. 7, 2011

With the growth in smartphone adoption and the explosion in mobile commerce, mobile network operator Sprint said it is leading a newly established Mobile Security Council that will bring together key players in the mobile ecosystem to address protection, safety and security needs important to consumers and businesses. Charter members of the council are Cisco, IBM, Juniper Networks, Lookout, Motorola Mobility (and its subsidiary 3LM) and Samsung. “Sprint sees the need to comprehensively address mobile security, and we are bringing the industry together in our Mobile Security Council,” said Fared Adib, vice president of product at Sprint. “Sprint and our partners are taking action to identify and get out ahead of potential threats and to raise awareness of security and protection solutions for wireless customers. We welcome new participants from throughout the wireless industry.” The council’s stated objectives are: Assess the current mobile security landscape and define an ideal state of security across the industry, influence baseline security standards for the industry (device, software and network), increase the level of awareness of security issues and options for the end user and encourage strong participation and buy-in from industry players.