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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.

As soon as you move down into the small and medium sized space however, there are very suddenly significant differences between regions.

This is Asia's biggest security challenge. We need to educate the owners and operators of the small and medium sized enterprises; which incidentally make up about 98 per cent of the companies operating in most countries.

Most of Asian small and medium sized firms seem oblivious to the dangers of the Internet, and the very real consequences of being compromised.

It can only be a lack of understanding, that sees the same owner or manager of a company who would never leave their physical office unguarded and unlocked, leave their digital assets open for the taking. Considering the value of intellectual property, customers databases, and commercial secrets, it makes no sense to leave such assets unguarded.       

What specific challenges do enterprises in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia face relating to information security today?
Many countries in Asia, with Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia being prime examples, have seen an explosion in the speed of the Internet, the variety of connected devices, and the sheer number of connected IP devices in total.

Yet there hasn't been a corresponding explosion in knowledge, understanding, or even interest in security. Indeed, many people who reply on technology everyday often talk as if they are actually proud of not understanding their systems. Unfortunately, what you dont know can still hurt you.

The sad fact in Asia, is that the vast majority of organizations only wake up to the need for security, after they have been hacked, infected, or have lost substantial private data. Often all three at once. Organizations installing security technology generally fall into two groups; planners and victims.

It hardly needs to be said that it is far better to be a planner, than a victim.  

What advice would you give to enterprises in Asia about the best ways to upgrade their information security?
Network Box is a Managed Security Service company for good reason. Truly upgrading information security is about far more than just sticking in some hardware or software.

Security systems need to be monitored, updated, and managed on a real-time basis. Engineers need to be tending to security around the clock, every day of the year, on a never ending basis. The Internet never sleeps. It doesn't matter if it is a national holiday, or if there is an approaching typhoon, or even if the IT Manager is critically ill in hospital, the job of keeping your organization's networks secure, simply doesn't let up.

You don't want to be in the position of having to explain to your most important customer that their latest blueprints were stolen, because your IT Manager resigned two days ago, and no one in the office knew how to update your company's security systems.


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