Samsung teams with Lookout to beef up Android phone security
Samsung is expected to announce Wednesday that it is beefing up security for its Android phones by teaming with anti-virus software firm Lookout, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.
The Lookout software will be part of Samsung's suite of security products, such as its Knox security platform, aimed at enterprise users, the newspaper noted.
"Lookout is the leader in mobile threat protection and they are uniquely equipped to address business mobile security," Injong Rhee, a Samsung senior vice president, was quoted by the Journal as saying in a statement.
The move by Samsung comes in response to an explosion of malware targeting Android phones.
As FierceMobileIT reported last month, FortiGuard Labs found a 30 percent increase in mobile malware in the first half of 2013, with more than 1,300 new samples appearing every day, and most were Android malware. In fact, the lab is tracking over 250,000 unique Android malware samples.
In addition, Trend Micro found that the number of Android malware apps increased to 750,000 in the second quarter, up from 509,000 in the first quarter. About one-quarter of that Android malware is designed to steal data.
Lookout is targeting the enterprise market with its first enterprise security product, called Lookout for Business, expected to be available later this year, according to a report by AllThingsD. The new product will work on both Android and iOS devices.
"I think it is a very strong first step in allowing businesses to keep their devices safe," Lookout CTO Kevin Mahaffey told AllThingsD in an interview.