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Mobile users reveal their fears

McAfee Inc used the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to announce findings from new research in developed countries that reveals that almost three out of four mobile consumers are concerned about the security of today’s and tomorrow’s mobile services.

Mobile Security reportNo less than 72% of mobile consumers in the USA, United Kingdom and Japan are concerned about the security of today’s and tomorrow’s mobile services, such as mobile multimedia downloads, mobile payments and mobile ticketing.

This was the central finding of the McAfee Mobile Security Report 2008, released at the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The report discusses in detail users’ experiences of traditional and emerging mobile services and their awareness and perceptions of mobile security issues.

The following statistics must be viewed in the context of highly developed markets – 2000 respondents were interviewed across three of the world’s leading industrial nations. The relevance therefore declines when applied to developing markets.


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Why IT security doesn’t get the attention it deserves

By Dries Morris

Director, IT security consulting and management company Securicom

Despite the alarming rates of financially-motivated incidents of cyber crime and the legal and reputational ramifications associated with the theft of vital, confidential business information, security has always received a lower priority than other aspects of IT and is considered a grudge purchase.

Perhaps it’s got something to with the fact that companies are blissfully unaware of the potential threats that come with having an internet presence. Perhaps the high cost of IT security software in the past has made it unaffordable to many businesses. Either way, companies don’t seem to see the need to invest in their IT security until it has been breached. Keep reading →

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