Why IT Protection Is Shifting to Servers and the Cloud
When I was a kid I played cops and robbers (or some form of good guy vs. bad guy) with my little brother. Funny thing is now I do the same for a living; well, kind of. I work for a security company and try to offer our partners the products they need to keep their customers protected. OK, guess you could call me a cyber arms dealer for the good guys.
And yes, that would make you a member of a specially trained Cyber S.W.A.T. team.
At this point you are thinking: “Cool I never thought of myself like that before. Let’s go kick some cyber butt.” Or you are thinking, “Man this is pretty corny.”
But in reality, the Cyber S.W.A.T. theme is not too far from the truth. One prime example: In the UK, the newly formed Police Central e-crime Unit (PCeU) made their first arrest in April 2009. Funny that cops who are famous for not carrying guns continue to bring down criminals without guns.
As a VAR, how can you offer your customers the best form of protection and service in an ever changing world of cyber crime?
First, let’s look at the facts. Currently we are seeing about 1,000 new malware samples per hour. To put this into context, in 1988 we saw a little over 1,700 in the entire year.
Traditionally we would use pattern files to address those new threats. But with this growth rate nobody would be able to keep up with the pattern file deployments internally and the pattern files would take up over 1GB of space on the desktop each year.
Win-Win: The Cloud and Servers
Ultimately, protection needs to move to the cloud. This will give us an ability to offer protection automatically without needing to deploy pattern files. All customers would be protected at the same time, potentially within minutes when a threat is detected. For a great article which speaks to the increase in malware threats, visit here.
The location of security technology is changing, too. As you may be painfully aware, security software can tax a system and slow it down considerably. By moving much of the security technology off the desktop on to the server, system impact can be minimized and scans will be faster and less invasive without sacrificing protection.
You may ask how the PC will be protected if most of the security technology is located on the server. First, if the PC is off-line, it is much safer than being online, because almost all threats come from the web. The other threat would come from USB drives, but by simply blocking executables from automatically running when inserted we can keep off line PCs safe.
These are just a few of the dramatic changes the security industry is undergoing. In an industry that is evolving at the speed of light, we all need to find the best ways to protect ourselves and our customers from threats.
Now, go get your virtual cap gun and help your customers stay protected.
TJ Alldridge is product marketing manager for Small and Medium Business at Trend Micro. Guest blog entries such as this one are contributed on a monthly basis as part of The VAR Guy’s 2009 sponsorship program.