UTM critical to fight spam

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ITWeb's Security Summit 2011

More information about the ITWeb's Security Summit 2011, which takes place from 10 to 12 May, at the Sandton Convention Centre, is available online here.

The security appliance and unified threat management (UTM) market is expected to grow at a tremendous rate over the next three to five years.

This is according to Harish Chib, senior VP of new business development at Cyberoam, a division of India-based EliteCore Technologies.

The security vendor is one of the sponsors of the ITWeb Security Summit that will be held from 10 to 12 May at the Sandton Convention Centre.

Chib indicates that organisations can no longer rely on simple anti-virus solutions in order to stay protected, but also need to invest in integrated security appliances that tackle advanced multiple threats.

Chib explains: “Traditional software-based point products require fast and often dedicated servers on which to run, and are not only complex to manage but also require investment in technical staff to operate.”

He adds that the inconvenience of dealing with multiple maintenance contracts, patches, upgrades, and licensing of standalone products adds to this complexity.

“UTM solutions are designed to fight complex blended threats in real-time, without compromising performance,” explains Chib.

He says the integration of identity controls in UTM ensures total protection against rising internal threats by identifying who is doing what in the network.

“The enterprise security market continues to expand in response to new threats and customer demands. Companies are looking at evolving security solutions as well as new and more secure platforms on which to leverage these solutions.”

According to Chib, the advent of the security appliance is rooted in organisations' interest to benefit from a hardened appliance that's less vulnerable to attacks. Multiple solutions can also be deployed on the same appliance and reduces total cost of ownership.

The end of March saw a 400% increase in spam e-mails with attached malware, according to the Cyberoam April 2011 Internet Threats Trend report.

It adds that the first quarter of 2011 saw 149 billion average daily spam and phishing e-mails being sent. In addition, there was a 258 000 daily turnover of zombies.

The report also found an increased number of Facebook malware incidents, where Facebook chat messages containing malware links were sent from compromised Facebook accounts.

The company believes this trend was due to spammers using the credentials of UTM's online parcel tracking service to make recipients download attached zip files, which turn into executable malware.

Chib says this year's Security Summit will focus on key technologies that every IT organisation should be thinking about.

“This event will give the most comprehensive view of the tools and technologies that are part of a solid information technology strategy.”

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