Firewall, virus protection not enough says gen-i

Drazen Babich, gen-i's new security technical consultant, says the days when a firewall and antivirus software were adequate to cover an organisation's security needs are long gone.

Drazen Babich, gen-i’s new security technical consultant, says the days when a firewall and antivirus software were adequate to cover an organisation’s security needs are long gone.

Intrusion detection products are also necessary, he says. “You need to know what’s going on and to be able to do something about it.”

Intrusion detection systems were previously expensive and the domain of larger enterprises, but a flood of such products on to the market in recent times has meant they have become far more affordable, Babich says. But just as the price of intrusion detection software has come down, the cost, to many businesses, of intrusion, damage and downtime has gone up, he says.

At the end of the day, he says, there is only so much a security system provider can do in terms of offering applications and support.

“If people aren’t trained to use it properly, it’s worthless. We can educate and advise but we can’t enforce policies.”

Babich, originally from Croatia, migrated to New Zealand in 1995 and worked for Axon before joining gen-i. He has extensive experience in the disaster recovery area.

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