Companies poorly prepared for hacking

The developer of an 'all-in-one' internet defence system came armed with a stack of statistics to demonstrate his assertion that New Zealand companies were poorly prepared for online attacks.

The developer of an "all-in-one" internet defence system came armed with a stack of statistics to demonstrate his assertion that New Zealand companies were poorly prepared for online attacks.

Internet Security Solutions Australia/New Zealand business development manager Mark Deuis says he does not want to “fearmonger” but says there is poor corporate preparation in New Zealand against the growing number of hackers and vulnerabilities.

Deuis has no local research, but says an IDC Australia survey suggests 35% of IT departments suffer “severe security infringements”. He quoted another study that suggests security breaches and virus attacks cost organisations $US1.6 trillion worldwide last year. He also says Forrester Research found that 48% of Fortune 1000 companies say security is the most significant factor preventing them using the internet to transact business.

And the easy access to hacking information was highlighted by ISS marketing manager Andrea Fletcher producing a hacking instruction CD she recently bought in Singapore for $US4.

The US company’s Australasian chiefs were demonstrating the RealSecure Protection System in Auckland yesterday before its New Zealand resellers.

Deuis says RealSecure, which took three years to develop, involves a convergence of technologies “never seen before” and users would need to buy products from several suppliers to achieve the same protection. It offers intrusion detection, security assessment, active blocking and malicious code protection capabilities rolled into one centrally managed system. Through its partnerships and managed security services, ISS also offers encryption, public key infrastructure, virtual private networks and firewall technologies.

The Atlanta-based firm also says its worldwide X-Force of 110 security staff, which includes “a handful” based in Sydney, is the biggest independent research organisation in its field offering global 24/7 coverage. They work with firms such as Sun and Microsoft to test server and other systems and produce monthly updates on vulnerabilites and virus problems. The company says it employs no former hackers.

The seven year-old company has offices in Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra. It claims 25 government departments, 11 financial institutions and five telcos among its Australasian clients. Its resellers include gen-i, Datacraft, Secure-IT and Scientific Software Solutions.

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