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|NQ Mobile Launches Security Research Center to Increase Early Detection of Mobile Security Threats in the U.S.|
BEIJING and SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --
NQ Mobile Inc. ("NQ Mobile" or the company), a leading provider of consumer-centric mobile security and productivity applications, today announced the opening of the NQ Mobile Security Research Center based in Raleigh, N.C. The Security Research Center will focus specifically on identifying and monitoring mobile security threats that could impact consumers. The Center represents NQ Mobile's latest investment in the Americas as it expands and further enhances its industry-leading threat monitoring capabilities.
The NQ Mobile Security Research Center is led by Dr. Xuxian Jiang, who was appointed Chief Scientist at NQ Mobile Inc. in September 2011. Jiang is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department and a core member of the Cyber Defense Lab at North Carolina State University. Throughout his career, Jiang has published over 50 research papers in international journals and major peer-reviewed conference proceedings, and has focused his research on discovering ways to improve the privacy and security of mobile platforms and ensure the stability and safety of virtualization-based cloud computing infrastructures.
NQ Mobile and Dr. Jiang have already co-discovered several high-risk mobile viruses in the U.S. including GingerMaster, DroidDeluxe, and the latest variant of DroidKungFu. Earlier this week, the NQ Mobile Security Research Center announced the discovery of two new threats targeting the alternative Android market in China: DroidCoupon and AnServerBot, which researchers believe rivals the Geinimi malware in sophistication and severity.
"In working with Dr. Jiang and his team at the NQ Mobile Research Lab, we anticipate faster and broader detection of mobile security threats than ever," said Chris Stier, Managing Director of the Americas, NQ Mobile. "NQ Mobile has been first to identify more than 75 percent of mobile security threats globally, and this partnership with Dr. Jiang enhances our ability to provide better protection for consumers."
As adoption of smartphones grows, so does the prevalence of mobile malware. According to Gartner, by 2013, more people in the world will access the internet on a mobile device than on a PC, which means we can expect mobile malware to become more widespread than ever in the coming years. As consumers use smartphones to bank, shop and access sensitive corporate information, the need to raise awareness about mobile security is becoming increasingly urgent. The NQ Mobile Security Research Center will play a vital role in alerting U.S. consumers to new security threats and advising on how to ensure their personal information remains private.
"Our role and number one goal at NQ Mobile Security Research Center is to make consumers aware of the threats that exist and ensure they have the right tools to mitigate those risks," said Dr. Jiang. "NQ Mobile is a proven leader in mobile security, and by working together we can significantly enhance the privacy and security of widely-used mobile platforms."
About NQ Mobile
NQ Mobile Inc. (NYSE: NQ) is a leading global provider of consumer-centric mobile Internet services focusing on security and productivity. NQ Mobile was one of the first companies to recognize the growing security threats targeting smartphone users and is now a leading Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider with over 100 million registered user accounts worldwide. As a market leader in mobile security, NQ Mobile's innovation and global significance have been widely recognized through distinctions such as the 2011 Technology Pioneer Award bestowed by the World Economic Forum. For more information on NQ Mobile, please visit www.nq.com
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