ICSA Labs this week launched a testing program designed to help determine whether smartphones and tables meet the latest security standards for connecting with Virtual Private Networks (VPNs).
Generically named “Mobile Device VPN Security”, the new program is available immediately for wireless carriers and mobile device manufacturers. According to ICSA Labs, Verizon Wireless is the program's first customer—not surprising since ICSA Labs is a division of Verizon.
ICSA Labs says its Mobile Device VPN Security testing program verifies that mobile phones and tablets meet current security standards, including testing the devices' implementation of Internet Key Exchange version 2 (IKEv2), which improves upon the security of IKEv1 and offers enhanced protection against denial-of-service attacks.
"As tablets and smart phones continue to empower enterprises and their employees with a borderless work style, the testing of mobile devices' VPN functionality is increasingly important to verify that confidential company information is adequately protected," said Jack Walsh, mobile security and special projects program manager at ICSA Labs. "Our security-testing program provides peace of mind to the carriers whose networks link to millions of smart devices, and to the enterprise users of those devices."
ICSA Labs has been testing VPN security for more than 15 years and has extensive experience evaluating VPN clients and servers against all relevant network security standards.
More about the mobile VPN testing program is available here.