Symantec Announces Security for Handheld Devices

Symantec Announces Security for Handheld Devices


Symantec Corp has announced Symantec AntiVirus for Handhelds Corporate Edition 3.2. The latest version has support for wireless device deployment in enterprise environments that can be deployed and managed on Palm and Windows Mobile-based handhelds and smartphones without desktop synchronization.

“Wireless deployments are of increasing importance to enterprise security as they are typically brought in through the backdoor of an enterprise,” said Lily De Los Rios, vice president, client and host security, Symantec. “The presence of a wireless connection elevates overall security concerns, as more connected devices present an inherently higher security risk to an enterprise organization. Symantec AntiVirus for Handhelds 3.2 will help enterprises to better manage the risk wireless devices can pose to the security of an organization.”

“At Microsoft, we understand the importance of ensuring that Windows Mobile devices are as secure as they can be,” said Julie Wymetalek, manager of the MPAC program at Microsoft. “We are pleased to see the work being done by our industry partners, such as Symantec, to provide our mutual customers with security solutions for the Windows Mobile platform.”

Symantec AntiVirus for Handhelds Corporate Edition 3.2 is an untethered, desktop-unassisted solution tailored to remote installation and management with Mobile Device Management solutions. Symantec AntiVirus for Handhelds Corporate Edition 3.2 offers the following new features:

Installation over Mobile Device Management:

Administrators can push the installable files over their wireless management systems without requiring synchronization with a desktop for initial installation.

Management over Mobile Device Management:

Symantec AntiVirus for Handhelds Corporate Edition 3.2 allows administrators to change and lock product settings remotely. A configuration file is created by the administrator and pushed to the device, carrying the configuration of settings they desire on their handheld devices.

Updating over Mobile Device Management:

The system administrator can download the updated definition files to their Mobile Device Management system and push the updates to their mobile devices.

Configurable WLU Support:

Wireless LiveUpdate can now be configured to retrieve definition updates from an internal server. Administrators who already use internal LiveUpdate servers for definition updates can configure their mobile devices to pull definition updates from the same location.


Symantec AntiVirus for Handhelds Corporate Edition 3.2 is available now as a license to enterprise customers. To obtain licensing information or to locate a reseller, visit on the World Wide Web.