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Hackers, IT Focus On Smartphone Security

  • Reuters, Friday, December 30, 2011 12:07 PM

Mobile phones, long seen as safe amid rising threats to computer security, have become a key target for hackers and a nightmare for corporate IT departments.  Most consumers have not protected their smartphones. Fewer than 5% of smartphones and tablets are installed with security software, according to Juniper Research. The research firm expects to see a rise in demand, with the total annual market for mobile security software growing to $3.6 billion by 2016. A study by consultancy Deloitte this week showed that companies in the technology, media and telecom sector expect data stored on staff mobile devices to be their biggest security headache in 2012.

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