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Metaforic Extends Software Immune System To Protect Applications Running On Apple iOS Devices

Metaforic empowers developers to create secure and tamper-proof applications
SAN JOSE, Calif., June 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Metaforic, the innovative software security company, today announced that its world-class software immune system has been extended to protect iOS applications on Apple iPhones and iPads and other Apple devices.

In 2011, more than 200 million iOS devices were sold with more than 14 billion Apple apps downloaded[i]. This proliferation of smartphone apps has unfortunately been accompanied by an explosion of malware on these devices. By extending its software security to iOS applications, Metaforic empowers developers to create secure and tamper-proof applications.

"The proliferation of iPhones, iPads and Android mobile devices greatly increases the risk of identity theft, fraud and espionage. This is particularly evident as the public's use of these devices grows for financial transactions and companies allow employees to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to their workplaces," said Dr. C. Warren Axelrod, research director for financial services at U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit. "Metaforic's unique tamper-proofing approach to application, data and transaction security provides an effective and efficient way to harden apps against malicious attacks."

Using Metaforic technology, application developers can automatically infuse a patented immune system into their iOS apps to ensure they can defend themselves from malware, subversion, tampering, or other attacks, protecting both themselves and their users. Building security into the application is particularly critical on iOS as Apple restricts third-party security applications, such as anti-malware offerings or BYOD protection.

Metaforic's software immunization protection offers a critical weapon to counter the growing onslaught of threats targeting consumers, financial institutions and corporations. The Juniper Networks Mobile Threat Center's 2011 Mobile Threats Report* states that malware has more than doubled on smartphone platforms in 2011[ii]. The same report also notes that less than one in 20 smartphones and tablets have third-party security software installed, despite a steady increase in threats.

Metaforic enables application creators to protect their apps against such threats, even in exposed environments, where there may be no third-party security available and the users' devices may already be rooted or jail-broken.

Metaforic defeats some of the most common attacks on iOS applications, including:

-- Repackaging applications with malicious malware -- Attacks on communications such as MITM -- Signature or encryption key subversion -- Malware that changes application logic About Metaforic

Metaforic is a leading provider of security software for anti-subversion protection. Metaforic technology protects virtually any software from subversion, theft, piracy, tampering or other corruption. It is proven in millions of deployed instances, from consumer software to business devices. Only software protected by Metaforic earns the Mark of Security distinction. Offices are located in the United States, EU and Japan. Further information is available at www.metaforic.com.

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