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Linguistic science in the fight against cybercrime: InfoWatch interviews

AvantiKumar | Nov. 19, 2014
Kaspersky Lab DLP spinoff InfoWatch presents a free career workshop during an international cybercrime conference at the Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation in Malaysia.

The innovation of this technology is that clustering small data volumes requires more complicated algorithms of discovering liaisons between the documents. Developing such algorithm was recently our key task.

Do you believe the DLP is still overlooked by industry security professionals?

Ekaterina Pshehotskaya: Of course 5-7 years ago when DLP market was at an early stage it was difficult to convince companies to adopt data protection solutions. But constant growth in the number of data leaks as well as an increase of new types of cyber threats, such as targeted attacks, mobile threats, etc. step data analysis technologies forward.

According to InfoWatch Analytical Center since 2006 till 2013 the number of data leaks showed 5 and a half time increase. In such situation we see the raising demand for DLP technologies globally.

How can technology be better used to handle security holes such as human error or deliberate theft, especially from within the organisation?

Tamara Sokolova: All InfoWatch technologies are aimed to prevent human errors, as well as deliberate theft, targeted attacks for instance. As for the latter not every targeted attack can be foreseen and thus prevented. We try to cover the majority of scenarios, but if malefactor is highly professional of course he has a chance to bypass protection system. But if he is not aware of the system specifics it will be very difficult for him to carry out an attack successfully. We are aimed at making the task of malefactors extremely difficult and so unprofitable.

What are InfoWatch's immediate plans in the Malaysian and Asian markets?

Ekaterina Pshehotskaya: InfoWatch has implemented several pilot projects in Malaysian companies of such industries as Telecom, BFSI, Healthcare, Government and Construction since the beginning of this year.

We are very positive about the progress and looking forward to implement several dozens of projects by the end of 2015. As for other Asian markets we are planning to expand in Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

What other messages do you want to leave with the audiences in Malaysia and Asia?

Tamara Sokolova: InfoWatch has been monitoring the global data leakage landscape for many years now, and it is not surprising for us to note the increase in leaks. At this rate, we predict an annual increase in leaks at 10 - 15 percent. With the increase in data usage and consumption, companies should take this threat very seriously and ensure they have the right measures in place to protect this information.

InfoWatch Group comprises five companies within the enterprise information security industry: InfoWatch (data leakage prevention software), Kribrum (social media monitoring and analysis aimed at online reputation management), EgoSecure (end-point security software), Cezurity (targeted attacks detection), and Appercut (business application source code analysis).


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