Battling security gremlins

Battling security gremlins

From biometrics to adaptive authentication, resellers can find opportunities in these and other untapped market segments. JENNIFER O'BRIEN checks out the IT security scene.

In Chinese parlance, it's the Year of the Dog. In the world of IT security, it's the year of the grotesque blended threat, the fearful, financially draining denial of service attack and the ever-lurking zombie.

These and other cyberspace nasties are infecting the IT castle. Protecting it is becoming increasingly important. And while security budgets are up, so too is accountability, business requirements and the ensuing IT security headaches surrounding what hardware, software and services are needed.

But there's good news. IT security continues to be a top priority for CIOs and IT managers.

Symantec senior technical director, security solutions, Tim Hartman, said IT security spending rounded out the top three list, after customer service and IT infrastructure.

Areas to watch include threat mitigation, command and control, and managed security services.

Threat mitigation covers layered defences against worms and viruses, denial of service attacks, intrusions and buffer overflows.

Command and control technologies include identity management, security event management, vulnerability assessments and patching, as well as intrusion detection audits.

Resellers can pitch a number of defence methods including antivirus software; digital IDs/certificates; firewalls; file integrity assessment tools; biometrics; smart cards; access control and reusable passwords.

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