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Posted : 2011-05-17 18:43
Updated : 2011-05-17 18:43

SK Telecom enters mobile security business


The popularity of mobile Internet devices such as smartphones has been leading to demands for better network security for handsets.
/ Korea Times file

Top wireless carrier aligns with AhnLab for new market

By Yoon Ja-young

Amid the rapid expansion of smart devices, SK Telecom is betting on the mobile security market.

The country’s top mobile carrier launched a mobile security solution for businesses, announcing advancement into the market with considerable growth potential.

“Smart Security,” launched by SK Telecom, is a mobile security integration solution customized for smartphones for businesses. Based on Smart device Security Management (SSM) developed by SK Telecom, it prevents information leaks of a mobile office and provides other services for smart office work.

It provides security for the device itself as well as the company network, and content such as documents on top of protecting the user identification process.

The launch is based on the decision that anything that is related with smartphones will provide a new growth engine for the mobile company.

Smartphones have made a lot of progress recently, nearing the capability of desktop computers. Analysts expect that more businesses will adopt office solutions for smartphones.

Security is one of the biggest concerns in mobile solutions.

“As mobile devices are linked with the company’s network, there is a risk of important corporate information being leaked through wiretapping or when one loses the device,” Samsung Economic Research Institute warned in a report.

SK Telecom completed testing the features and business feasibility of the solutions on smartphones on around 25,000 employees of SK Group in the first half of last year.

It has been providing solutions to numerous firms including Hyundai Heavy Industries and Handok Pharmaceuticals.

SK Telecom formed an alliance with security companies including AhnLab, McAfee, F5 and Juniper Networks to develop the best technology and know-how in each sector of the security technology.

The alliance helped “Smart Security” become equipped with optimized features for mobile security. V3 Mobile, launched by AhnLab, is loaded with “Smart Security,” checking all processes of smartphones in real time. AhnLab has supplied V3 Mobile to smartphone manufacturers including Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, Motorola and Pantech, but it is the first time for V3 Mobile to be supplied to local carriers.

The V3 Mobile has an anti-theft feature. When a user loses the smartphone, they can lock it or delete data remotely to protect corporate information.

It encrypts files, controls access to wireless Internet, blocks spam and backs up data. It also limits access to Wi-Fi, allowing only safe Wi-Fi to access the device, and monitors data usage.

With “Smart Security,” one can also automatically install applications needed for enhancing work efficiency. Businesses, meanwhile, can control smartphone cameras or Wi-Fi used in the office and monitor data traffic through the mobile device, thus preventing security problems.

“As more people are using smartphones, mobile security has become more important than ever. SK Telecom set on leading the mobile security market, aligning with top security companies both local and overseas,” said Lee Hyung-hee, an executive heading Consulting & Solution division of SK Telecom.

He hoped that SK Telecom could advance into the global mobile security market later, based on the service know-how it set out here.

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