DroidSecurity: Scans Android devices and apps, as well as Web sites you visit, for malware; blocks test-message spam; and offers tools for remotely locating, displaying messages on and wiping data from lost or stolen devices. A backup and restore service is in development. (Android only. Free basic version and $10 Pro app)

F-Secure: A suite of software that includes malware protection, a firewall, technology to keep you safe while browsing the Web, and tools for locating or wiping data off a lost or stolen phone.
(Android, Symbian and Windows Mobile; 40 EUR for one year.)


Kaspersky: Anti-malware, firewall, unwanted call and text-message blocking, anti-theft tools and a “privacy mode” that lets you hide designated contacts, calls and text messages.
(Android, BlackBerry, Symbian and Windows Mobile; $30 for one year.)

On 4th/Jan/2011, Dell announced it's signing off a definitive agreement to acquire SecureWorks® Inc., a globally recognized provider of information-security services. SecureWorks’ industry leading Security-as-a-Service solutions include Managed-Security Services, Security and Risk Consulting Services and Threat Intelligence. The acquisition expands Dell’s global IT-as-a-Service offerings and information security expertise. 

Organizations of all sizes and across diverse industries – including Global 500 companies, mid-sized businesses, financial services, utilities, healthcare, retail and manufacturing – rely on SecureWorks’ industry-leading security services to reduce risk, improve regulatory compliance and lower costs of managing IT security. The company’s proprietary threat management platform is scalable and integrates easily with client environments. In addition, SecureWorks’ world-class Counter Threat Unit research team helps protect clients across multiple industries from ever-changing global IT threats. 

Global IT security vendor Panda Security has launched a new cloud-based, SaaS (Security-as-a-Service) solution for corporates, Panda Cloud Internet Protection. This complete security service protects all business resources from Internet-borne threats, including botnets, phishing, cross-site scripting and other complex Web 2.0 attacks. It also offers P2P protection and browser vulnerability security.

  • •    Protects businesses from internet-based threats
  • •    Regulates access to websites, instant messaging and social networking sites
  • •    Keeps confidential information protected

Panda Cloud Internet Protection also includes a powerful access control feature, allowing businesses to filter URLs and regulate use of Web 2.0 applications (social networks, blogs, streaming, webmail and instant messaging). It leverages dynamic content classification technologies (DCCTM) to identify these applications. It also integrates with LDAP/AD for authentication. 

Egypt is responsible for three per cent of the world’s malware designed to steal computer passwords according to Cairo ICT 2010 exhibitor Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content management solutions.

Speaking on the sidelines of one of the region’s biggest information and telecommunications technology events, Tarek Kuzbari, Managing Director of Kaspersky Lab, Middle East, said that Egypt was identified as the region’s top creator of PSW Trojans, a special version of malware specifically designed to steal passwords and log in details from computer users.
 
“This can prove very dangerous for unsuspected and unprotected Internet browsers as their online banking details and other vital information stored online can be compromised and used against them and at their expense by unscrupulous cyber criminals,” he said.


An upsurge in African cybercrime targeting the financial sector threatens to derail the rollout of Internet banking and electronic commerce services and has forced the Nigerian government to raise an alarm over the vulnerability of the country's ICT infrastructure.

Nigeria joins other countries in Africa, including Zambia and Kenya, in warning about problems for online banking as a result of cybercrime. Read More
Africa is experiencing an explosion of mobile money services as banks and mobile providers compete for customers who would otherwise not have a bank account. This has increased phishing attacks on unsuspecting customers, in efforts to lure them to fake sites.

Cybercrime in the region has further increased following the landing last year of the SEACOM and TEAMS international cables, which are starting to lower bandwidth and Internet connectivity costs.

Nigeria now wants to formulate a legal framework for national cybercrime prevention, while the Zambian government already has enacted a law that could see a convicted hacker being sent to prison for up to 25 years.

Nigeria is Africa's largest telecom market by investment and subscribers and the country now wants to work with other nations in the region on cybercrime prevention and warning systems. Currently, very few banks that provide Internet services are able to also offer security software to curb cybersecurity attacks. Phishing attacks aimed at bank customers feature unsolicited messages instructing users to follow a link to confirm their account information, as a way for criminals to obtain passwords and user identities.

Sylvester Anyanwu, Nigerian Senate Communications Committee chairman, said in an e-mail interview that "Nigeria, which has 90 percent wireless ICT infrastructure, is very vulnerable to cyber attacks. But we are preparing to ensure the country does not become hostage to cyber criminals."

Like the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK), the Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority has this week announced the launch of a vigorous campaign to educate consumers about cybercrime.

The Zambian government has introduced the National Policy Framework on Cyber Crime, a package of laws that criminalizes cybersecurity activities that had not been covered in the ICT policy and computer misuse law. Last year, the Zambian government also approved a global cybersecurity protocol that is aimed at protecting Internet users.

However, communication experts warns that Zambia, like many other countries in Africa, lacks the skills, equipment and organizational abilities to fight cybercrimes.

Generally, ignorance has been cited as the reason many people in Africa fall prey to online scams as the criminals' Web sites are built to entice and make people fill out even intimate details.

Joseph Mkandawire, a Zambian businessman who fell victim to a phishing e-mail last week, said the message that asked for his details looked genuine.

"Criminals are then using my e-mail address to appeal for financial assistance claiming that I was stranded in a foreign country because I have run out of cash when in fact I'm in Zambia," Mkandawire said.

The Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority, the country's telecom sector regulator, has warned it will review license conditions for ISPs that fail to provide security measures.