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Starlink beefs up security

Starlink has launched its new vertical security trend matrix at GITEX Technology Week 2015

Advani: CIOs have big concerns.
Advani: CIOs have big concerns.

Starlink has launched its new vertical security trend matrix at GITEX Technology Week 2015. The matrix provides security professionals in the telco, government, oil & gas and banking sectors an insight into the latest IT security trends and next generation threat protection requirements.

Starlink’s VP, Business Strategy, Avinash Advani says the top five IT security trends are behavioural analytics, internet of things, cloud, mobile, and incident response.

According to Advani, the trend that receives the most interest is incident response. “If I were to look at all of these trends in terms of investment, security professionals are looking at investing the most in incident response because that’s really where next generation threat protection comes in,” says Advani.

However, he says while the market has several products to help companies defend against security threats, there aren’t enough that prevent a malware or threat.

“When you talk about the number of security threats and the number of breaches and cyber attacks affecting the industry, there are many products in the industry that defend, but none of them can prevent. If you look at the overall market, I think it’s a US $2 billion market just for next generation threat protection. Eight percent of that market is on defence, while the other 20% is trying to engage in preventative measures. The defending against the next generation threat is fine – it can stop that threat from doing damage. But what happens when that threat has actually come into your environment? How do you respond?”

“Oil and gas for any country is critical infrastructure. So incident response today means looking at all the different tools to protect and defend and sometimes prevent. But if the malware does come in – how do you respond to that effectively in the shortest time possible, with the least impact financially, the least impact on national security to remediate this,” Advani says.