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Network Operators Move To Curb Increasing Mobile Security Threats

A new report from Informa Telecoms & Media has revealed that about 120 million telecommunications subscribers in the country are of the view that network operators have the responsibility to protect them from a range of security threats to which they are inevitably vulnerable due to the increasing penetration of smartphones and mobile broadband.

To this end, it was gathered that major operators in the country such as MTN, Airtel, and Etisalat are working in collaboration with mobile security providers such as McAfee, Kapaskey, Symantec and Gemalto in multiple markets.

Pamela Clark-Dickson, senior analyst, Mobile Content and Applications at Informa said:“The growing penetration of smartphones and mobile broadband has led to the situation where subscribers are finding themselves at risk from a range of potential threats, particularly smartphone subscribers with Android devices.”

According to a reports by TNS, a global market research firm, twenty-five percent of the country’s mobile subscription base uses smartphones and 47 million mobile data users are currently on telecommunications operators’ network in the country. As a result of this, telcos are partnering with security software vendors to provide their subscribers with parental control capabilities as well as protection against threats such as malware, phishing, fraud, spam and the theft or loss of their devices.

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