Network security company Network Associates is to integrate its McAfee security technology with products made by wireless hardware and software providers.
The move is intended to broaden its presence in the developing wireless technology market by developing close relationships with mobile platform providers, device manufacturers and wireless carriers, while working with enterprises to secure wireless environments.
Network Associates announced partnerships with Texas Instruments and mobile handset operating system maker Symbian.
The company will provide virus protection for Texas' Omap platform for 2.5G and 3G wireless handsets and PDAs, complementing the on-chip, hardware-based security offered by Omap. Network Associates will also develop software to work with the Symbian operating system as a member of Symbian's Platinum Partner Program.
Network Associates is also poised to develop a set of software and services that address "every point of entry" in wireless environments.
Wireless environments and devices are of increasing interest to network security providers, as more workers rely on PDAs, wireless pagers, mobile phones and wireless Ethernet devices to do their jobs.
Network Associates said it would draw on past experience protecting mobile devices and wireless networks with the Sniffer Mobile and Sniffer Wireless products.