About 40 Japanese and foreign firms, including NTT Docomo and KDDI, will soon form a partnership to keep smartphones safe from viruses and hacker.
Some 420 million smartphones are expected to sell worldwide this year. But these devices lag behind personal computers in security and could become the gateway for attacks on corporate systems.
Network equipment manufacturer Cisco Systems as well as security software companies Symantec and Trend Micro will join the smartphone security forum, which will be founded 25 May.
Google and Softbank group, which sells Apple’s iPhone in Japan, will cooperate with the effort. By October, the forum will put forward measures for making smartphones more secure. It will consider asking Google to remedy Android vulnerabilities and compiling information on such security holes into a database for companies.
The forum will also develop handset authentication technology to prevent information leaks from lost phones. Google and others are working to improve Android, and security software makers are rapidly developing applications exclusive to smartphones, a number of which are expected to go on sale in Japan this summer.
The forum will aim to contribute to improved smartphone safety and popularise the latest security technology among businesses and consumers.