Cracking threats with Kaspersky

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With the use of Internet increasing on several devices, cyber threats are also expected to increase in the long run. Altaf Halde, Managing Director- South Asia, KasperSky Lab, in conversation with Nirmal Anshu Ranjan of Elets News Network (ENN) talks about the various solutions to get rid of these risks


Altaf Halde
Managing Director- South Asia
KasperSky Lab 

Tell us something about your security solutions.

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Kaspersky have been into the business of providing security for digital assets for the past 17 years. We started with the consumer security segment, then headed towards home users, followed by small offices. After that, we stepped towards the SMB space. Having covered these three segments, now we are getting into the enterprise segment.

Which are the segments you primarily cater to?

Our traditional solutions include endpoint security, which talks about antivirus in a device. So, irrespective of verticals, a virus or malware can attack any of the segments. As of now, we are quite strong in education space and are thinking of getting into the enterprise. Our focus is going to be IT/ITeS, BFSI and government segments.

Cloud is a big thing these days. Do you off er security solutions for that as well?

About a year ago, we did not have a Cloud solution, but now we have two of them. The first one is for the consumers, which we don’t sell them directly. We appoint a service provider for that, like Airtel or Vodafone. These will charge subscription for end point anti-virus security on the Cloud just like it takes charges for a ringtone on a monthly basis. We had recently launched it globally. Now, we have done the first step of tying up with one service provider who is based in Mumbai right now. The MoU is going to be released in 10-15 days time.

With initiatives like Digital India, cyber threats are also set to increase. How do you react to it?

Earlier, we used to sell our solutions only to Local Area Network companies. However, now people have got several devices like tablets, smart phones etc to access internet leading to the increase of threats. Today, there is no solution which can offer 100 per cent security. Nonetheless, what the customer should look at is, if there is a problem, how fast the company reacts to give him a solution, and that is where we feel lies our expertise. We have a very strong team of researchers who are looking out for threats which are coming up. KasperSky is one of the organisations which comes with the maximum number of detections.

What is the next big thing at KasperSky?

For us, protecting our users is the biggest thing. Further, we need to sell our solutions to get into this particular space putting the money back again. KasperSky is an organisation which develops its own solutions. For instance, if you look at Symantec, it acquires a company and thus integration becomes a huge problem. In KasperSky, we have developed everything. Our mobile device management (MDM), data encryption, virtualisation security, system management, all are developed now. So, what we believe in is that we are probably developing everything ourselvses making integration much easier.

We have also got a programme called KasperSky Kids, which we run with schools to provide newsletters or do events in schools and to talk about how to be safe with Internet. We believe in educating the users. These involve not only the corporates but also the children, who are going to be the next generation Internet users.

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