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Be More Proactive in Addressing Security Issues: Check Point Regional Director

Eric Ernest | Jan. 4, 2013
Investing in security has become one of the topmost priorities of enterprises, given the recent increase in cyber-crime incidents. We spoke to Bhaskar Bhaktavatsalu, regional director – India and SAARC, Check Point, about the changing security landscape and how Check Point has been faring in the market.

Investing in security has become one of the topmost priorities of enterprises, given the recent increase in cyber-crime incidents. We spoke to Bhaskar Bhaktavatsalu, regional director -- India and SAARC, Check Point, about the changing security landscape and how Check Point has been faring in the market.

How do you see the threat landscape evolving for enterprises in India?

From the Indian perspective, on the security trends issue, we have a culture that is reactive when it comes to investments on security, meaning we wait for things to happen and then react. I think in the last few years, enterprises that conduct business abroad have become quite matured with regard to their investment in security. But when it comes to Indian enterprises that service the domestic market, the shift has been somewhat delayed. Features such as data encryption, data loss prevention (DLP), and end-point security are now being increasingly adopted besides the firewall. Moreover, end-point security is not about just anti-virus, which is more reactive.

Today, the bot is a big threat, but many companies think they are well protected against it. Check Point's anti-bot solutions have a tool called 3D assessment which conducts a health check on the infrastructure. So, the moment we conducted this health checkup, bots were found even in the best of the infrastructure.

Enterprises are looking at investing in threats that will get into the network, and they haven't focused or made investments on communications which go out of the network. Companies always feel that their network is the best and no malicious agent will go through. We give it (3D assessment tool) as a free service and it's not given only to our customers, but also to organizations that don't use our products.It's not necessary that they have to buy Check Point products, but as we say, at the end of the day whatever product you use has to be up to the mark.

But one good outcome has been the compliance driven by the government whether it is in the BFSI, or telecom, or other sectors. Government regulations have made it very clear that in every network, the firewall has to have an IPS and other related conditions. Now every telecom service provider is invested in IPS, while there was no such compliance earlier. How have your products been faring in the Indian market?

Six to seven years back, people only asked for firewall and VPN. So, firewall and VPN are part of our product portfolio already. Customers can pre-configure the dedicated appliance and buy the features that they need.

IPS, for the last two years, has been a great business for us in India. From the technology perspective and cost perspective, our growth in IPS in India and globally has been phenomenal.

 

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