Edited excerpts from the interview:
What are the information security threats you foresee in 2013 among Indian SMEs?
The role and penetration of technology is extremely in depth among Indian SMEs. However, the threats due to this could be highly dangerous. In case of SMEs, threats like worms, virus attacks and malware attacks are very common. In 2013, the SME segment is going to be on the hit list of hackers, the wrongdoers of the Internet.
Targeted attacks on businesses have become a prevalent threat within the last two years, and this trend is likely to be seen in 2013 as well. We are expecting targeted attacks, with the purpose of cyber-espionage, to continue in 2013 and beyond.
What makes the SME segment in India vulnerable to IT security threats?
There are certain trends that are making SMEs very vulnerable to these security threats. The industry is graduating very rapidly towards new technology adoption like cloud computing. The trend of BYOD is becoming very common. The need to access business-related information from anywhere has grown to the next level. More and more employees are becoming increasingly comfortable with their mobile devices, and are handling multiple devices for their work and personal usage. Most SMEs do not have the expertise to manage data in such a complicated environment. This results in high vulnerability of business-sensitive data. Even if an SME has set IT policies, the monitoring of user behaviour is usually missing. This is a challenge that Indian SMEs are facing, causing them to face the increased risk of data security threats.
What is the awareness level of entrepreneurs towards ensuring security of their data?
The awareness level is low, but catching up at a slow pace. As of now, SMEs in India are getting into a complex environment. Resource crunch is a major problem among SMEs with regard to ensuring security of data through their technology infrastructure. It is high time entrepreneurs understood the impact of information security breach.
What are the key parameters affecting the decisions of SMEs regarding buying of security solutions?
The major factor affecting decisions on buying security solutions by Indian SMEs is the cost factor. SMEs look at cost-effective solutions, even for ensuring the security of their data.
What kinds of security solutions should be adopted by Indian SMEs?
SMEs in today’s scenario are facing multi-level threats. They require safety from various aspects, due to the complex environment they operate in. In this situation, solutions like end-point security, UTM and anti-virus, among others, are very effective.
Mobility is becoming extremely dynamic among SMEs. How do you look at ensuring security in the mobility infrastructure?
SMEs have expanded their workplace and enabled their workforce with hand-held devices, leading to a dynamic business utility from mobility. As an information security solution provider, Kaspersky has solidified its mobile solutions offering. Our mobile security solution is an end-point agent for mobile devices. This is an application loaded onto a mobile device such as a smartphone or a tablet. This solution is capable of many utilities to ensure the security of data.