ITNewsAfrica.com: What is AdaptiveMobile’s mission?
Simeon Coney: We are providers of content security for mobile operators and fixed markets, offering protection delivered from the network against anti-spam and fraud, web content control and other security features. Basically we are talking about protection for mobile phones, POS terminals or ADS connections. Our customized profile software serves 700 million subscribers worldwide.
ITNewsAfrica.com: Have you been active in Africa?
Simeon Coney: Africa is one of the first territories we have been covering since 2005. We have been involved with a couple of operators such as Vodacom, MTN Group for mobile content protection and various providers of ADSL and WiMAX services regarding content network protection. We have 65 million subscribers in the region at the moment.
ITNewsAfrica.com: Can you give an overview of the African mobile security market?
Simeon Coney: I find that regulators and operators must have the responsibility of keeping customers safe and secure within the network, especially with the increased access to Internet and data solutions such as mobile banking via mobile devices. We have discussions with both parties to make sure end-users are safely guarded against the latest spam, viruses and personal information theft. In Africa, we see a lot more cooperation between smaller operators and the regulators, which results in faster decisions and this can only benefit the end-users.
ITNewsAfrica.com: What is your opinion on social media as it affects mobile security?
Simeon Coney: There is an explosion in data communications in Africa compared to other regions, due to the increased adoption of mobile broadband. For the next years, particularly for Africa and Asia, we will focus on social media, SMS and mobile payments protection. Another area that is becoming increasingly important is parental control.
By Denisa Oosthuizen