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Zero Day Threats Transform Virus Danger

Ross O. Storey | Nov. 25, 2010
The current speed of new malware outbreaks is rendering many traditional anti-virus defences redundant, according to Hong-Kong based managed Internet security provider Network Box.

That having been said, we are working on even faster reaction times in our lab; the bad guys keep evolving, so we have to keep evolving too.

The bottom line is simple. Enterprises need to get genuine next generation protection in place right now. Security systems which take hours to get signatures and patches into place have had their day; yet that still describes the vast majority of security systems installed today. Urgent change is needed.       

What does Unified Threat Management entail and why is it so important today?
Unified Threat Management systems, have taken over from firewalls as the primary network gateway defense technology, used to protect organizations' networks from outside attacks.

In addition to firewall functionality, UTM devices usually integrate Firewall, Intrusion Detection and Prevention, Virtual Private Networking, Anti-Malware, Anti-Spam, Content Filtering, and Organizational Policy Enforcement technologies together, into one single appliance.

To just rely on a traditional firewall, with some usually out of date pull update Anti-virus system, has not made sense for almost a decade. Yet many firms still depend on yesteryears technology today. This is exactly why educating organizations to the reality of the Internet, and its threats is so important.  

Not all UTM devices are created equal however. Many use cut down Anti-virus signature databases to save on hardware requirements. Most are consistently out-of-date as they are only updated a few times a day. And almost universally, they are sold as do-it-yourself projects for organizations already overworked IT Departments to implement.

Network Box has advocated Managed Security Services for a decade now. Rather than just upgrade the security technology used to protect an organization, it makes a lot of sense to upgrade the methodology at the same time.

Doctors and lawyers (for example) are not shy about consulting specialists; in the same vein it makes sense for IT Departments to rely on specialists too, when it comes to security. Both logically and fiscally it makes much more sense to use experts when required, but to share the cost of those expensive experts across thousands of sites, rather than trying to do everything in-house.       

How would you describe the current preparedness of most Asia enterprises for the intensifying digital threat?
Network Box operates across the globe, from a dozen Security Operations Centres. Therefore our security engineers deal with a complete cross section of organizations from around the world.

In the larger Enterprises, there seems to be little difference between companies from Europe, Asia, and the USA. The need for security is well understood, and IT Managers are generally very sophisticated in their thinking, planning, and expectations.

Indeed, vulnerability scanning, capacity planning, and ISO 27001 certification, are now the norm.


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