Cybercrime on an upward spiral

Nov 19 2012, 19:32 IST
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SummaryIt is an all-too-common headline: Prominent website brought down by attackers.

and exploits tools to launch their campaigns. We all need to equip ourselves with basic situation awareness to our online risks and how best to prevent and combat these threats.

Clearly IT needs be vigilant and take preemptive steps against cyber attacks, says Marvin Blough, vice-president, worldwide sales at SonicWall. San Jose-based SonicWall offers a range of firewall, anti-spam, remote access and network, backup and email security solutions, rivaling the likes of Cisco, Juniper and McAfee, among many other vendors. The security specialist was recently acquired by Dell with a view to complement the latters security solutions portfolio, enabling it provide a broader range of offerings to its enterprise customers. Tech-security field is fast-growing and highly profitable and SonicWall provides Dell with unique intellectual-property resources and technology, he adds.

Analysts reckon that Dell has been gradually transitioning from a PC-centric vendor to a portfolio technology company that offers enterprise to consumer solutions. Its acquisitions over the past five years have added storage, networking, software and professional services to its portfolio, putting it on par with competitors such as Hewlett-Packard and IBM.

Dell has been trying to boost profit margins by focusing on being an one-stop-shop for business customers and increasing exposure in enterprise solutions offerings and making its presence felt in mobile security and cloud solutions segment. Security is still a big, big issue for everyone, says Marvin. Companies want to go with lesser number of vendors or one vendor who has end-to-end solution since managing 10 different vendors for 10 different specifications is difficult and expensive. With companies moving over to cloud computing, the responsibility to manage the moving over phase comes down to the one vendor the company relies on. Our cloud computing technology is economical and saves time in the ever fast moving world where new products and technologies are being invented every day, he adds.

Martin says that enterprises of all sizes face increasing challenges in maintaining effective IT security, from the exponential growth of data and rapid adoption of cloud-based solutions, to the increased presence of consumer devices brought into the enterprise environment. SonicWall expands Dells rapidly growing security software and services portfolio, which includes security services, cloud security solutions, data encryption solutions and vulnerability and patch management.

If an enterprise does business anywhere on the internet, it is likely not a question of if, but when it will be targeted by a cyber attack. Yet there is much

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