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More tasks than ever for Asia's FSI security officers: Sourcefire interview

AvantiKumar | March 11, 2014
Recent large scale attacks are increasing pressure on chief information security officers especially in the financial services sector, says Cisco company Sourcefire APAC's Amitpal Singh Dhillon.

 How is the Malaysian security market different for you compared to others in the region?

The level of cyber security awareness through information being made to the public via MyCERT Malaysia is very much in line with Cisco and Sourcefire's mantra of a community based threat sharing model.

This helps us understand the problem of threats specific to Malaysia for example based on the MyCERT report today, Jan 2014 it's relatively easy to say that malicious codes have shown a staggering 500 percent increase compared to the same time beginning of January 2013. Now this is very much in line with what we are seeing in terms of the need for Advanced Malware Protection across both the network and endpoints.

Following the acquisition by Cisco, what are Sourcefire's plans to upscale and bring deeper value to existing and new customers and what top aspects about your products and services sets you apart for your customers?

Sourcefire will help enhance Cisco's differentiation by bring customer benefits from three of its solutions:

AMP Everywhere
Industry leading advanced malware protection covering the broadest range of attack vectors.

The power of Open Source comes to Application-layer security

FirePOWER Differentiation
A 50 percent performance increase for the industry's leading security appliance platform.

How is Sourcefire helping companies to better manage issues arising from mobility?

Today's security teams are grappling with the "any-to-any problem": how to secure any user, on any device, located anywhere, accessing any application or resource. The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend only complicates these efforts. It's difficult to manage all of these types of equipment, especially with a limited IT budget. In a BYOD environment, the CISO needs to be especially certain that the data room is tightly controlled.

Sourcefire is hoping to help enterprises change their BYOD policies and gain better control over their devices with the following solutions, FireSight and FireAmp Mobile.

FireSight gives organisations better visibility into the number and types of devices connecting to network resources, be they iPhones, iPads or BlackBerry or Android devices. It also offers insight into the applications they're running and inspects mobile protocols to identify vulnerabilities and potential attacks through these apps.

Meanwhile, FireAmp Mobile extends the existing cloud analytic engine introduced by Sourcefire earlier this year to offer real-time detection of new threats. FireAmp Mobile is designed to examine not just PCs, but also mobile devices for potentially malicious applications, particularly those running on the open Android platform.

What excites you about the Asian IT security markets?

The region wide adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) through projects spanning infrastructure (roads, rail and air travel), mobile (LTE-4G), internet banking, to remote patience care monitoring and even the next generation Digital Enterprise Age, And understanding the broader need to included cyber security (in the context of continuous monitoring) within these projects is a fundamental shift especially in this part of the world within the Asian Markets.

Ultimately, I feel this would be ground zero in being able to make the link between Internet of Things -IoT (community based threat intelligence and embedded sensors) and the ability to see and visualise Indicators of Compromise (IOC - correlating security information across the networks and endpoints).


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