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Firms should watch out for Internet threats (2)

(China Daily)

13:34, August 13, 2012

Mobile threats

Smartphones are now an integral part of people's daily lives in China. More white-collar workers are bringing their mobile devices to their workplaces and accessing internal networks.

The number of Chinese people accessing the Internet via mobile devices increased to a record high of 388 million at the end of June, according to a report by the China Internet Network Information Center.

Out of a total number of 538 million Chinese Web users in the first half of the year, about 31 percent access the Internet in their offices.

"I noticed that many people working in China's banking industry have started to use iPads to process tasks. For example, to make presentations to clients," Liu said.

However, with more personal devices connected to the companies' internal networks, security concerns arise.

"Hackers have targeted those hundreds of thousands of mobile applications. If personal devices play a role in the workplace, then enterprise data is at risk," said Chen.

Cloud data risks

In addition, more Chinese companies are adopting cloud-computing technology nowadays because of its efficiency in resource allocation.

"Data centers have become virtualized, and will eventually be on the cloud," Chen added. She said the move would create new challenges to companies, and security software companies should follow the situation closely.

"The tasks are likely to be more demanding and complicated. It's not enough to try to protect a castle by simply building a moat around it now," Chen said.

Few Chinese companies have the awareness to protect themselves at the moment.

"The market still needs education. However, in the near future, it will see explosive growth," said Xiang Ligang, a Beijing-based industry expert.

Trend Micro previously said it would invest 80 percent of its resources to research and develop cloud-security products. The company estimated that the annual growth rate of revenue from China could be 10 percent this year.

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