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June 03, 2010

ESET Sees Cyber Crime Increasing, Need for Protection Constant

By David Sims, TMCnet Contributing Editor

(Editor’s Note: This article refers to a video interview shot at Interop (News - Alert) 2010. To view TMCnet’s entire library of videos from Interop and other industry shows, demonstrations and interviews in our in-house studio, visit our Video News home page.)

Recently at the Interop 2010 show in Las Vegas, TMC’s (News - Alert) CEO Rich Tehrani interviewed ESET’s Senior Research Director Jeff Debrosse.
ESET is a software security company founded in Bratislava, Slovakia 20 years ago, according to Debrosse, adding that the company’s had a U.S. presence for the past ten years.
When asked if he’d seen any changes in the market with the economic ups and down over the past few years, he said their business has remained pretty steady, and that cyber crime doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.
Debrosse said they work mostly to help protect the end point, e-mail servers, and they also sell gateway products. “So we really focus on protecting those devices, even the mobile devices, from the onslaught of malware that’s coming from the outside, let’s just say from Web sites, from targeted attacks and cyber criminals in general.”
When asked if it was a particular challenge to stay ahead of the threats of such attacks, Debrosse said it certainly keeps them on their toes: “We have to scale the business to keep meeting the scaling threat.”
And as far as how often they find it necessary to update their databases, Debrosse said they’re at about eight hour intervals, for the virus signatures: “It’s a very small update because of our unique scanning engine.
There isn’t any one particular customer vertical most likely to be a customer, either, he noted, saying that they worked with education, financial services and other various private sector services, as well as a 50-50 split between consumer and enterprise business.
View the full video below (Apple (News - Alert) users click here):

David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.

Edited by Patrick Barnard

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