AdaptiveMobile has announced the acquisition of Sentry Wireless, a developer of handset-based mobile security applications.

Sentry's technology will be integrated into AdaptiveMobile's Network Protection Platform to give mobile operators visibility when subscriber handsets become infected by rogue mobile applications and viruses, and limit subscriber loss of data and credit.

Operators will also be able to white-label applications that subscribers can use to report SMS spam, check the validity of a downloaded app and be notified securely by their operator if their handset is detected as compromised.

Matt Norton, CEO of Sentry Wireless, said: “Having focussed on building handset-based solutions for parental controls, app disinfection and SMS spam detection, we are delighted that AdaptiveMobile has recognised the unique IP and approach of Sentry Wireless and has decided to incorporate this within its Network Protection Platform.”

Brian Collins, CEO of AdaptiveMobile, said: “As the number of mobile threats and their complexity continues to increase, the question of subscriber trust in their chosen network provider is a critical concern.

“With applications being downloaded onto subscribers' devices over the mobile network and malware reaching record levels, the liability paradigm is moving to the operator.

“In order to help operators remain a step ahead of mobile security threats and in response to consumer demand for increasing levels of protection, AdaptiveMobile can now empower operators to provide their customers increased flexibility in managing their personal controls, addressing infected or compromised devices, and in preserving subscriber trust through reporting and feedback.”

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