Who's working on Android security defenses?

The answer: Some of the top names in the business

Motorola/3LM: 3LM stands for the Three Laws of Mobility, similar to author Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics. 3LM is a start-up that works on Android enterprise solutions.

Samsung/Sybase/Cisco Systems: Samsung provides the hardware, Sybase provides the security, and Cisco provides the networking solutions and enterprise connections.

Juniper/IBM: Juniper provides networking, virtual private network and security systems, and IBM assists with its enterprise clout.

Symantec: The company takes a unique approach to mobile security by compiling a database of ranking apps and assigning score ratings to them on download. It also works on code that would strip apart an app into its various parts to learn its true purpose.

Lookout: The company's technology operates on the edge of mobile security solutions and applications. Lookout originally identified the DroidDream exploit.

Good Technology: Good Technology provides security and management systems for the enterprise and is a BlackBerry rival for mobile management.

Others: MobileIron, NetQin, OK Kernel and Airwatch are worth watching as the market matures.

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Dan Rowinski is a staff reporter covering communications technologies.

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