I think we can expect to see wireless carriers adopt a similar approach. While they're responsible for providing overall security for the network, they'll likely take a hands-off approach to device security. The diversity of devices (laptops, PDAs, smartphones, etc.) that may be connected to wireless networks makes it too challenging to provide managed security at the carrier level. Furthermore, the different regulatory requirements facing various user sets make it a risky proposition for the carriers to assume any liability. I expect that the burden of providing security for wireless devices will remain on the end user for the foreseeable future.
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This was first published in June 2006