Adelaide-based technology distributor, emt Distribution, is making a major play in the cyber security market with the appointment of a new vendor: Australian-based Airlock Digital.
The two companies have partnered to deliver application whitelisting, the first of the Australian Signals Directorate’s (ASD’s) Top 4 Strategies to mitigate targeted cyber intrusions.
The company also offers a range of on-premise, cloud and managed service provider (MSP) solutions designed to mitigate cyber attacks. Its offerings include: malware analysis, detection and prevention; threat detection, intelligence and prevention; vulnerability management; endpoint security; data loss prevention; and remote monitoring and management.
Talking up the need for the Airlock Digital solution, emt CEO, Richard Rundle, said traditional endpoint defence solutions like antivirus rely on blacklist technology and to protect against a cyber attack, product vendors must first analyse it, create a signature, add it to a blacklist, distribute it to users, and ensure products are updated.
“There is a huge lag between the instant an attack is launched and the time when traditional defence solutions start to work,” he said. “Cyber attacks that exploit this window are becoming more frequent, more sophisticated, and targeted at more and more organisations.”
The company added that while the ASD’s Top 4 Strategies cover more than 85 per cent of intrusion techniques that the Australian Cyber Security Centre responds to, application whitelisting was not common in enterprise and rarely employed by small to medium businesses (SMBs).
Airlock Digital said its software solution addresses barriers restricting the uptake of application whitelisting including limitations and difficulty of existing solutions, a shortage of cyber security skills, and the time and expense involved.
The solution has been in development for the last four years and Airlock Digital said it has already been proven to be effective with key Australian clients, including government and large organisations, as well as small to medium enterprises. The company also claims to have an expanding international customer base.
The vendor added that its solution lets organisations of all sizes easily create and manage secure whitelists in dynamically changing computing environments. It incorporates proven and effective workflows to reduce the cost, complexity and resources required.
The company said it is well placed to authorise application patches or updates across a network by monitoring the process on a single machine, Airlock Digital analyses the files that need to execute and creates policies that allow it to happen everywhere else.
The exclusive Australian distribution agreement will make the solution available through emt’s resellers, MSPs, systems integrators, security and compliance consultants and outsourcing companies.
“Airlock Digital not only makes application whitelisting easier, its broad availability will address the shortage of cyber security skills that prevents many organisations from implementing it to protect themselves against targeted attacks,” Rundle added.