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Border patrol on worldwide scale

When it comes to high-end security, Border-ware boasts one of the most impressive customer lists around.

The New Zealand Defence Force, Time Warner and NATO are just some of the names covered by the company. Borderware also provides security coverage to 18 governments worldwide.

Dean Bell, the company’s director of the Middle East and Asia-Pacific, says constant innovation and keeping up with trends are the main reasons for its success.

“We follow trends in the market very closely and we constantly upgrade our products to get them certified. The fact that a successful attack on our systems has never been documented through the 13 years we have been active is a tribute to that.”

Bell says some of the problems with other security companies are that they only focus on certain areas, allowing for threats to find new ways to attack.

“One issue we have seen lately is that large corporations will have a good system in place, but it will often not cater for emerging technologies like instant messaging [IM] and voice over IP [VoIP]. These are some of the areas of interest to us that we are investing time and money in.”

VoIP security is relatively new and Bell says there are very few documented attacks on systems based on the technology. One possible threat is spam over voicemail, where a malicious program can bombard voicemails with advertising or general spam.

“It is also possible to cripple large corporations by designing programs that will call all the IP-enabled phones at the same time, and recall as soon as the program detects that the user has hung up the phone,” says Bell.

“We are also seeing an increase in spam and spyware focusing on IM software. As more and more companies adopt this technology they leave themselves open for an attack.”

Borderware designs security programs specifically for these purposes, and Bell says they fill a gap in the market.

The company was the first to be certified for level four and five under the common criteria certification scheme, also known as ISO standard 15408.

Bell points out that a high level of certification will work well for some organisations, but that it is not always the best option for everyone. Borderware addresses the need for different solutions designed for individual organisations.

“It is like buying the most expensive car you can find, say, a Ferrari, and then only ever using it to drive up and down Customs Street. Like a car, you buy security designed to your needs.”When it comes to high-end security, Border-ware boasts one of the most impressive customer lists around.

The New Zealand Defence Force, Time Warner and NATO are just some of the names covered by the company. Borderware also provides security coverage to 18 governments worldwide.

Dean Bell, the company’s director of the Middle East and Asia-Pacific, says constant innovation and keeping up with trends are the main reasons for its success.

“We follow trends in the market very closely and we constantly upgrade our products to get them certified. The fact that a successful attack on our systems has never been documented through the 13 years we have been active is a tribute to that.”

Bell says some of the problems with other security companies are that they only focus on certain areas, allowing for threats to find new ways to attack.

“One issue we have seen lately is that large corporations will have a good system in place, but it will often not cater for emerging technologies like instant messaging [IM] and voice over IP [VoIP]. These are some of the areas of interest to us that we are investing time and money in.”

VoIP security is relatively new and Bell says there are very few documented attacks on systems based on the technology. One possible threat is spam over voicemail, where a malicious program can bombard voicemails with advertising or general spam.

“It is also possible to cripple large corporations by designing programs that will call all the IP-enabled phones at the same time, and recall as soon as the program detects that the user has hung up the phone,” says Bell.

“We are also seeing an increase in spam and spyware focusing on IM software. As more and more companies adopt this technology they leave themselves open for an attack.”

Borderware designs security programs specifically for these purposes, and Bell says they fill a gap in the market.

The company was the first to be certified for level four and five under the common criteria certification scheme, also known as ISO standard 15408.

Bell points out that a high level of certification will work well for some organisations, but that it is not always the best option for everyone. Borderware addresses the need for different solutions designed for individual organisations.

“It is like buying the most expensive car you can find, say, a Ferrari, and then only ever using it to drive up and down Customs Street. Like a car, you buy security designed to your needs.”


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