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Add iPhone and iPad Support to Symantec Endpoint Protection Mobile Edition

Created: 29 Nov 2010 | 17 comments
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At present, SEPME 6 provides protection for phones/devices that run on the Symbian and Windows Mobile OS. 

Operating Systems Support for Symantec Mobile Security Products (http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH102048)

Please cast a vote for (or against) expanding the supported platforms to include devices that run on Apple's iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod)

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SymFran's picture

good idea

Francesco Chiarini,
Supervisor, Enterprise Support Services
Europe, Middle East & Africa
Symantec Services Group (SSG)
Symantec Corporation

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DLP_Techie's picture

The market is ever expanding with iPhone and iPad. I think we will need to go with the times!

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Beppe's picture

Hi, I disagree because iOS is a very closed platform were nothing can run if not coming from Apple. Moreover before 4th generation, there is not multitasking therefore a security product won't run on background to monitor running processes.

Regards,

Giuseppe

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Pawel Lakomski's picture

I think maliciuos software will/already have found the way to install on iOS and there will be a need for AV software soon. It's better to be save than sorry ;)

I agree with the idea.

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MacBrinky's picture

A further instance to protect your iPhone would be a good thing. I already knew some iPhone users which have a Bluetooth access point in their car to can hold phone calls. Unfortunately they don't switch Bluetooth off when they are leaving the car. So this channel keeps open and there is nothing to prevent or record any unwanted access.
Yes I know it is again the user who made this request necessary at all but that is the nature of users isn’t it?

Also we have more and more users forced to use a smart phone with no sense fore possible security risks. Supporting them with a solution they could install to protect their device looks like a good idea to me.

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Adam_BN's picture

With ever expanding systems, and further more expanding O/S's, I believe we need to protect the devices that have network connections avail. Even VxWorks in cars have seen malicious attacks. Closed source or not, if it handles TCP/IP it handles malicious code. 

Adam St. George
Bombshell Networks

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Mick2009's picture

Many thanks to all who are inputting their technical expertise on this thread- the comments are excellent food for thought. Please keep it going, especially input from those who have iPhones/iPads and have experienced any security issues!

Symantec has detections for a couple of threats that target this platofrm:

 iPhoneOS.Ikee  http://www.symantec.com/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=2009-111015-5423-99

 iPhoneOS.Ikee.B http://www.symantec.com/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=2009-112217-4458-99

Also see:

https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/blogs/another-iphone-attack

Thanks and best regards,

Mick

With thanks and best regards,

Mick

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dcats's picture

Symantec should be able to provide Security features for these situations, because in my humble point of view it's here it lies the risk...

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Maciej_Jedrzejczyk's picture

Fantastic idea!

It's true people use more and more non-computer OS-based appliances which are highly portable; thus viruses and worms will definitely be developed into that direction.

Good luck with the development!

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A_Risk_Manager's picture

Hi

I believe it would be a strategic mistake of Symantec not striving to cover the new smart mobile devices that has exploded in popularity.

I am sure my company is not the only one that really want to have a central means of control of smart phones and tablet computers.

The high executives are craving about this new ways of work and we can not, nor do not want to, prevent them.

Please, if technically possible add SEP for Androids and iPads and we will be faithful to Symantec also going forward!

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Mick2009's picture

Which is safer - Android or iPhone? (1:12) Feb 17
Symantec CEO Enrique Salem says Apple's closed approach to its iPhone OS doesn't make it safer than Google's Android.

http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2011/02/17/ctd_symantec_ceo_android_iphone.fortune/

With thanks and best regards,

Mick

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Beppe's picture

I read the linked write-up's, those threats are able to attack only jailbroken iPhones. Jailbreaking is not considered illegal in USA but it is not supported by Apple. Should Symantec support something not supported by Apple? By following the same logic, we should support AV products on old Windows 98 or not patched supported Windows O.S. because the user does not have a genuine copy of it.

If the prevention is the best security best practices, a security company should not encourage/support jailbreaking.

If a new threat will appear to be able to attack "jailed" iPhones, it is up to Apple to provide the necessary support and fix the vulnerability into the next iOS that a jailed iPhone is allowed to install.

Regards,

Giuseppe

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wwshaffer's picture

Our organization has used Symantec AV from v 7 up to current SEP v 11.06 on Windows 95/98 through XP, as well as similar versioned product on Apple OS 9.1- 10.4. We are going to be rolling a pilot project out of upwards of 200 iPads, with future possible populations of many handres more. I want SEPME to help secure, manage and actively protect these devices.

Thanks,

Bill Shaffer

Pueblo City Schools

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Mick2009's picture

The followers of this thread may be interested in a new whitepaper from Symantec: "The Current State of Mobile Device Security"

https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/blogs/new-symantec-research-current-state-mobile-device-security

Definitely worth reading!

With thanks and best regards,

Mick

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L.M.Moseley's picture

No matter the platform, we should always take care to be secure. iOS is newer and no not windows, that is correct. However, you should at least have a security measure in place, in case the need ever arise, rather than not have one and lose your identity and/or other personal and/or financial information to some hacker whom will obviously do no good for you.

iOS should be included in Symantec's security measures.

Thank you.yes

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MaRRuT@CC's picture

There is surely a need for a multi-mobile-OS Security Solution

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