AusCERT: Cybertrust launches Asia Pacific security squad

AusCERT: Cybertrust launches Asia Pacific security squad

New team to assist companies with security attacks, breaches and fraudulent activities

Going head to head against the large consultancies, Cybertrust has launched an Asia Pacific investigative response team to assist companies with a wide range of security attacks, breaches and fraudulent activities.

Headquartered in Sydney, the team specialises in identifying the source of the security breach, continuing it and documenting the event in preparation for case evidence where legal action is likely.

Initially, there will be a team of three with a specialist from Cybertrust's global team in the US coming out to Australia to share his expertise.

A Cybertrust spokeswoman said the US has had an investigative response team operating for a number of years, and will share its tools and expertise with the Asia Pacific operation.

Launching the new unit at the AusCERT 2007 conference, Cybertrust principal consultant, Mark Goudie, said it was established to meet exponential growth in the region for incident management and investigative response services.

"Our global network of resources can minimise the impact of an incident and secure an outcome quickly," Goudie said adding the company uses a proven methodology.

According to a company statement: "Cybertrust's global professional services practice has handled more than one-third of all publicly-disclosed data compromises in the US and Canada since the beginning of 2005."

Cybertrust's Asia Pacific general manager, Paul O'Rourke, said as Asian economies continue to grow, so too does the exposure to threats and attacks.

"Nowhere else is this parallel growth more evident than in the financial services and telecommunications sectors," O'Rourke said.

He said the unit's launch is the culmination of 18 months market analysis, planning and investment.

"We have determined that the time is now right to establish a regionally-based specialist team and the support infrastructure needed for this service," O'Rourke said.

The Asia Pacific team, he said, is conversant in both criminal and civil investigative requirements.

O'Rourke said the team will interact with law enforcement agencies worldwide to transition case evidence and set the stage for prosecution, if required.

A managed security provider, Cybertrust has more than 30 offices around the globe.

Earlier this month, Verizon Business announced a definitive agreement to acquire Cybertrust. The transaction is expected to close within 90 days.

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