Leading Finnish antivirus vendor F-Secure has been selected to receive the 2004 Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation Award. The award comes in recognition of F-Secure’s development of pioneering antivirus solutions for the mobile security space.
"F-Secure has taken an innovative approach to emerge as a leader in the mobile antivirus segment," says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Jose Lopez. "While the current demand for these solutions is relatively low, it has the potential to grow substantially in the coming years with F-Secure in a strong position to leverage its first mover advantage."
Demonstrating its leadership in technology innovation, the company was the first vendor to launch a commercially available solution for protecting Symbian OS smart phones in September 2004. The solution – F-Secure Mobile Anti-Virus – offers comprehensive protection against malicious content from undesired messages to malfunctioning applications.
To prevent infection, all files are automatically intercepted and scanned when they are saved, copied, downloaded, synchronised or otherwise modified, thereby avoiding the need for user intervention. All files on memory cards are also scanned. When an infected file is detected, it is immediately quarantined, thereby protecting all other data in the system. F-Secure Mobile Anti-Virus, therefore, offers complete real-time protection against harmful content in the device and memory cards.
This has been possible due to the company’s collaborative efforts with Nokia. The Nokia 6670 is the first device that has been tested for compatibility with the new antivirus software with phone users benefiting from a free one-month trial of the F-Secure Mobile Anti-Virus service.
In addition, the F-Secure Mobile Anti-Virus service has been piloted and tested in several operator networks. Based on a partnership model, the operator service has F-Secure hosting the production environment and maintaining the service platform, with the virus protection service being sold and marketed by the operators and their sales channel.
"Frost & Sullivan lauds F-Secure for successfully developing and introducing new technology, making significant product performance contributions to the industry and clearly demonstrating its technological superiority, all of which make it a worthy recipient of the award," concludes Mr. Lopez.
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