IT security standards can’t be fixed, depends on what’s at stake: Quick Heal Interview

Targeted attacks and advanced persistent threats have transformed the security landscape for corporates. In this scenario, there are no fixed standards for information security, and everything depends on what is at stake, said Sanjay Katkar, co-founder and chief technology officer of Quick Heal Technologies

Sanjay Katkar, Quick Heal Technologies

Sophisticated cyber crooks want corporates’ intellectual property, confidential information, financial data, trade secrets, etc. Attacks are more persistent, pervasive, and in some cases more targeted than ever before, Katkar said.

Factors like how sensitive the data in the organization is and how likely it is that it will be targeted and who can be the beneficiaries contribute a lot to the overall IT security and decision making policies. Accordingly IT security solutions can range from DLP, Application Control, Access control, behavioral monitor etc.

CIOs have to make sure that their business is making right use of IT to enable every business process to function optimally. In doing so business strategies are automatically aligned with the IT implementation to make sure that everything in the company works smoothly with no down time, no security breaches or delays.

According to Katkar, companies should understand the core needs of the organization as far as security is concerned and then focus on the necessary security deployments. They should ensure that security solutions in place are fully implemented and integrated to provide ongoing value that an organization needs and expects.

If security is not your core forte, then bring in the experts and trust them to analyze and access your security requirements. This would sufficiently increase your security vigilance and improve information and data protection.

Companies should also create and implement a process for identifying and escalating security incidents. They should stay abreast of all the current attacks and threats.

The key drivers underpinning growth in Cyber Security spending are: increasing cyber threats, both from new actors and new threat vectors; targeted attacks and advanced persistent threats; more vulnerabilities due to pervasive use of technology, particularly mobile devices; increasing awareness by organizations and consumers of the threats and potential threats; technological advancements that coax service and product innovations of security solutions; and increasing by-laws, particularly those enforcing the requirement to secure personal data.

With the evolving threat landscape a number of industry verticals are deploying both network and device security solutions. The main industry verticals adopting security solutions include BFSI – Banking Financial and Services Industries, Manufacturing, IT, and Government and Academic.

Quick Heal focuses on delivering advanced security solutions that are easy to use and effective, Katkar said.  New solutions offered by Quick Heal include: Quick HealEndpoint Security product with robust features; Gateway security appliance Quick Heal Terminator that focuses on the IT security needs of SME and mid-sized enterprises and Quick Heal Tablet Security for Android.

Rajani Baburajan

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