Asians eye anti-hack tool

Auckland IT security firm Co-Logic says it is about to sign up the first government customer for its E-Secure-IT virus/hacking early warning system -- in Cambodia.

Auckland IT security firm Co-Logic says it is about to sign up the first government customer for its E-Secure-IT virus/hacking early warning system – in Cambodia.

Though the deal is not yet finalised, the Ministry of Cambodia is “in the process of being registered”, says Co-Logic director Arjen de Landgraaf.

E-Secure-IT is an online subscription service, launched a year ago. Co-Logic claims users such as the Bank of Nova Scotia in Canada, and de Landgraaf says an Auckland-based TV channel is about to sign up. The service works as an assessment and early warning system that detects hacking “vulnerabilities” and offers post-attack remedies.

De Landgraaf says the system has received “overwhelming” levels of interest across Asia, culminating in a visit this month from a top Korean government MP, which is expected to lead to business there.

The MP, Kim Min Soek, is a former student activist who spent three years in jail for protests. Now in the ruling National Congress party and tipped as a future national leader, the 35-year-old is spearheading his government’s e-commerce drive, which is also looking at former closer relationships with New Zealand hi-tech firms. The MP spoke to government officials and Trade New Zealand, which since February has carried out market research for E-Secure-IT across Asia.

A “full-blown” SMS/WAP-based alerting service is also being trialled for expected launch next month. Nokia is helping Co-Logic design the infrastructure so that the service can be rolled out internationally, catering to the communications standards of each country.

Co-Logic says it is talking to 120 companies about supplying E-Secure-IT, or acting as a country partner or reseller.

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