Quick Heal Technologies, an IT security solutions provider based in India, has announced its tie-up with Japan mobile operator SoftBank. The partnership will provide anti-virus software for mobile phone operating systems and platforms.
Quick Heal, makers of Quick Heal Terminator and Quick Heal Mobile Security, says that it will be developing anti-virus software in the Japanese language. “We have installed 100,000 copies of anti-virus software last month. We hope to supply 1.5 million copies within the year,” Quick Heal Technologies Managing Director and CEO Kailash Katkar said. Katkar also revealed that with this partnership in mind, Quick Heal has opened an office in Japan and are now also negotiating with several leading Japanese firms with a view of becoming their OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers) partners.
Quick Heal started out primarily in the Indian IT market as an anti-virus software company and is now quickly expanding globally. India’s anti-virus market is a $131.5 million industry, with quite a sizeable market, and is still growing at around 15-17 per cent per annum. The reason for this continued growth, as revealed in Quick Heal’s Annual Windows Malware Report, is the Windows operating system’s inherent vulnerability to virus attacks. The platform’s vulnerability to malware still gives hackers and cyber-criminals the confidence to continually attack enterprise level networks that rely on the venerable operating system.
While smartphones and mobile devices have been a relative non-target until recently, the rapid growth and distribution of mobile devices have opened up a new playground for malware authors. This, combined with the growing incidents of lost and stolen devices, is a clear sign that there is a serious need for mobile security, Quick Heal company officials said.
[ via ITVoir.com ]
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