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Order of the day Integrated Security

Sanjeev Jain
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sanjeev Jain
A one-stop-shop for all security solutions sounds very peculiar. However, this is where many large security players are venturing.

The increasing problem of spam, sophisticated mass mailers, and potentially unwanted programs like spyware, adware and phishing schemes have fueled the need for solutions that secure an organization’s entering and departing content.

The solution to counter these threats does not lie in deploying disparate security systems like anti-virus, firewall, IDS, and VPN.

Any security program resembles a bell curve—risk is lowest when policy is framed and procedures are initially adhered, and grows as newer threats and vulnerabilities emerge. It begins to fall again when an attack actually happens and the organization is forced to review its policy and procedures.

For instance, older versions of anti-virus became redundant as attacks were becoming much faster. The ability to respond quickly called for a change in the development of anti-virus tools. Similarly, Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS), which only detected network intruders became superfluous over time and gave way for Intrusion Prevention System (IPS).

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