NEWS FROM THE LAB - Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Greetings from RSA Japan Posted by Mikko @ 07:15 GMT

Greetings from the RSA Japan conference in Tokyo! There are about 6000 delegates in this Asian version of the RSA security happening.


I snapped the photo above with a Nokia 3250. This is a new phone running Symbian 9.1 (S60 3rd edition) with a pretty impressive camera. Just look at this full-resolution image.

I'll be speaking later today about mobile malware and specifically about the situation in Japan. The Japanese phone systems are way ahead of the ones in Europe or in the USA. They are also ahead in security: we don't get infection reports from Japan at all. There are several reasons, but this is largely because of the operating systems in use here. Almost all of the currently known mobile malware targets Symbian Series 60 phones. Most smartphones in Japan are running Linux, iTron or Symbian - but not Symbian Series 60. Additionally, local operators are heavily restricting on who can write native code for their phones. End result: so far Japanese phones have been quite well protected against mobile virus problems.

Auf Deutsch

I'd be interested to know if they got my name right above. I'm afraid I'll just have to take their word for it...

Signing off,