Security cannot be a one-point solution. A security mechanism reduces the risk of an organization, it does not make it zero. With extensive knowledge about the current scenario of the security industry, Hitesh Dharmdasani l Director l AnexGATE talks to Sub-Editor, Jyoti Gazmer about the company and its alignment with the ‘Make in India’ project alongside other interesting insights. Edited Nub
- Security has recently become a vital issue. What are AnexGATE’s security-oriented goals?
That is true, security is more important than ever, the threat landscape is changing and is affecting not just big organizations but even smaller organizations. Being able to provide the best in class security technologies for interconnectivity of an organization’s point of presence, is our primary goal. Being on the front foot on the latest attacks to networks and building defenses in a layered manner has helped us get closer to that goal. Secondly, on a more technical perspective, we are having engaged in discussions with customers and channel partners to cut through jargon while working on security solutions. Simplifying and breaking down an organizational security policy into real implementable action items has helped our customers go a long way.
2. Can you elaborate on the company’s recent collaboration with PUC examinations?
Our collaboration with PUC has been for the last three years. It is for them that we have designed and implemented a tightly integrated system of biometric verification, CCTV surveillance and secure VPN connectivity. Owing to this, there has been no Question paper leak for the last 3 years due to the dramatic risk reduction. While no system is foolproof, Karnataka Secure Examination System reduces this risk drastically by introducing accountability and biometric verification of the trail of the flow of sensitive information. The automated real-time alert system is the key feature of this solution.
3. Research reports stated that ‘major cyberattacks take place also due to the lack of knowledge’. What are your thoughts on it?
I agree, in fact, cyber-attacks become major threats due to lack of knowledge and lack of technical sanitation. WannaCry was such an example where the threat could be mitigated to a large extent only if users updated their Operating Systems. Something as simple as installing software updates can go a long way.
4. How does AnexGATE simplify the security infrastructure?
AnexGATE was conceived in India and hence has mainly been built for the Indian market. We have observed this in our non-urban deployments that the primary security of our customers is “Insider theft” than “outsider theft”. Manageability of IT infrastructure is also a concern since skilled talent is in shortage in non-urban centers. All our products integrate together to be managed and monitored from one single dashboard in our cloud. Being able to solve these problems greatly, this simplifies security infrastructure for our customers. The AnexGATE appliances software is designed in such a way that the user interface is made very simple
5. The security concerns over the social media apps, like the spyware attack that was announced WhatsApp earlier last month. Would you like to explain how can a user avoid such incidents?
The particular attack came to light due to a vulnerability in the way WhatsApp initiates and handles Voice calls. Although WhatsApp was quick to fix the vulnerability, if people do not update the app to the latest version, the vulnerability remains. In general, with social media, the key is to think before you share. People do not realize that information on the internet is permanent. A lot of companies hold on to data even after an account is deleted, once you put something out there, it is there forever. Hence, I would strongly urge customers to think before you click. If it’s too good to be true, it’s probably not true
6. Businesses are scrutinizing the advantages of Firewall Security. What are your notion and AnexGATE’s expertise on this?
Security cannot be a one-point solution. A security mechanism reduces the risk of an organization, it does not make it zero. Firewall security by itself is not a panacea, but it is one layer of an organizational defense structure. A Firewall appliance on the network edge combined with a host-based security system and a stringent policy on maintaining up-to-date software go hand in hand. AnexGate realizes that in a modern business environment, there are multiple points of presence. This necessitates that all points of presence of a business entity are securely interconnected and managed from a centralized location. This helps them to set stringent data flow policies and control how every byte of data is consumed and moved into an organization. It is important that organizations review its firewall security policy from time to time and update the configuration in AnexGATE’s / their firewall.
7. How does AnexGATE align with the current Make in India movement?
We feel that the make in India movement is a very welcome change, broadly speaking, indigenous security products made in India are better for us in the long term. Building security products is a difficult and time-consuming process and often involves a very high degree of vetting since these products are placed in vital points in an IT workflow. It is very gratifying to see the government incentivizing building products in India. AnexGATE has been designing, developing and making network security products since early 2006. We would like to imagine that the make in India effort even translates to large scale SMT facilities in India that will be the icing on the cake. By being made in India, AnexGATE has the biggest advantage of being able to quickly customize as per Indian customer requirements. We have specially designed AnexGATE appliances for Indian conditions where the Internet is still not stable at many locations and also falls short of bandwidth requirements.
8. Lastly, a few words on how you perceive the Indian security market and what are the way forward?
The Indian security market is having enormous potential. In a country as huge as ours, it is just in recent years that everyone has access to the internet. With more and more people going online every minute than the rest of the world, even small businesses are embracing technologies and are more open than ever to use cloud software and new-age technologies. With all this comes the risk and requirements for security professionals and solutions to mitigate these risks. The upcoming years seem to be very promising for the Indian security market.
9) How has the security progress shaped in India? What is the current security landscape in India?
The security landscape in India has much more potential than where we currently stand, mainly from a policy point of view. We strongly believe that there is a need of an Indian entity to vet and certify security products made and sold in India. Currently, there is a dependence on foreign organizations specifically for certification. By having an Indian entity, our dependence on foreign entities for certification of security products will reduce. We are working with industry associations in trying to increase awareness on this issue.