Roundtable part 2: Will networks be targeted via mobile devices?

Conflicting reports on the dangers posed to networks by malicious code targeting handheld devices prompted us to seek out some experts for their opinions. Our three-part roundtable will examine the potential dangers to networks, enhanced risk to those eventually implementing .NET and liability issues.

Previously you said handheld devices eventually migrating to .NET could pose a serious threat to networks. Elaborate a bit on how .NET will work with mobile phones.
That's one of the things that makes it possible for viruses to be written. .NET is supposed to be protected, but anything is vulnerable if people want to dig deep enough.
Previously you said handheld devices eventually migrating to .NET could pose a serious threat to networks. Elaborate a bit on how .NET will work with mobile phones.
Handheld devices are going to have a somewhat direct connect within the .NET framework. And the number of platforms for the devices will likely be consolidating from proprietary operating systems, increasing the likelihood of handhelds being targeted by malicious code.
Previously you said handheld devices eventually migrating to .NET could pose a serious threat to networks. Elaborate a bit on how .NET will work with mobile phones.
If you believe the handheld device we call a phone today is going to become a more general purpose device over time, then people will eventually adopt some reasonably generic operating system platform. So it will be either Windows or Symbian, or it will consolidate to a few and you have all the same problems as we have with PCs today.
Previously you said handheld devices eventually migrating to .NET could pose a serious threat to networks. Elaborate a bit on how .NET will work with mobile phones.
As time passes you are going to see evolved operating systems filter down to devices that are maybe given away free by carriers or cost $50. Intelligence is going to kind of permeate all handheld devices.
Previously you said handheld devices eventually migrating to .NET could pose a serious threat to networks. Elaborate a bit on how .NET will work with mobile phones.
.NET will create a consistent and ubiquitous platform for people to attack.
Previously you said handheld devices eventually migrating to .NET could pose a serious threat to networks. Elaborate a bit on how .NET will work with mobile phones.
.NET is Microsoft's new operating system platform. It's very network heavy and there are routines that make it really easy for people to write Web-enabled applications. If Microsoft does a good job of making it compatible, then mobile phones and mobile devices are going to handle it just like a desktop. It's going to be really interesting when the .NET framework becomes heavily adopted, as it's almost certain to be.
What kind of security measures would come out to prevent this?
I think there will be a lot of crossing of fingers -- that will be the principle security method. Previously you said handheld devices eventually migrating to .NET could pose a serious threat to networks. Elaborate a bit on how .NET will work with mobile phones.
The biggest fear won't be attacks on the devices, but instead little agents carrying these Trojan horses in and out of various networks.

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