SMobile Jumps on iPhone SDK Bandwagon

Barely a month after its release, companies are taking advantage of Apple Inc.’s software development kit for the iPhone.

Case in point: SMobile Systems, a mobile security software developer. The Ohio-based company has retooled its Security Shield program to fit the Apple iPhone – it’s already done the same for Google’s Android operating system.

SMobile partners including Motricity and Handango now are selling Security Shield for iPhone to businesses and consumers.

Rick Roscitt, chairman and CEO of SMobile Systems, said the iPhone’s popularity has made it a lightning rod for hackers and data-information thieves.

“As the malware becomes more complex and increasingly dangerous, the onus must fall on the service provider or Apple to provide protection for the millions of customers at risk,” he said.

Apple took the first step in early March when it unveiled the kit that lets third-party developers create applications to Apple’s standards. From there it was up to individuals and companies to make those programs. SMobile had companies including AT&T Inc., iPhone’s exclusive carrier, test the iPhone-centric platform.

Security Shield includes antivirus, antispam and firewall protection.

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