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Adapt a multiple-layered, multi-engine defence strategy: David Wigley

Yogesh Gupta | Feb. 16, 2015
Wise IT administrators would avoid just accepting yesterday’s technology because they are owned and sold by what are in effect IT marketing juggernauts. They do not necessarily provide state-of-the-art or cost-effective security solutions.

ContentKeeper stays in the reckoning by delivering powerful, high availability Internet security solutions for enterprises, government clients, and organisations with large and complex networks. As the company aggressively targets the growing security market in India competing with both security companies both large and niche security solution providers, Wigley is confident that the company's value proposition across the spectrum of Internet security, Internet filtering and Web gateway security would give it an edge in the market. ContentKeeper's Layer 2 transparent bridge technology allows solutions to scale massively at a very cost effective rate, says David Wigley, CEO of ContentKeeper.

CIO: What has been the biggest change in the field of content security across organisations?
David Wigley: Content Security, today, requires a comprehensive, multi-layered approach that utilizes multiple technologies. It must address not only the gateway but also the explosion in mobile device usage as progressive staff and management recognize the massive efficiency gain from it. They too demand to have access to these tools.

While antivirus vendors have effectively dealt with reactive malware threats on end-point devices, their ability to stop proactive threats and the flow of malware in dynamic data streams is very limited. Malware authors have become increasingly sophisticated and are utilizing the secure Web (SSL/TLS) to hide their activities within an encrypted tunnel. Polymorphic malware and advanced persistent threats make the landscape far more challenging.

ContentKeeper has been focused on both gateway and mobile solutions to address these threats. With its combination of selective SSL decoding and signature-based and behavioural/sandbox-based anti-malware engines, it can prove to be a strong defense against these threats.

CIO: But the secure Web gateway is a crowded market with players like Blue Coat, Cisco, and McAfee. What keeps ContentKeeper ahead in the game?
David Wigley: ContentKeeper has a major technological advantage over these vendors. Their technologies are based on traditional proxy platforms which tend to be slow and very process-intensive. ContentKeeper is based on a layer-2, transparent bridge technology that provides approximately 10 times more speed and throughput over any proxy-based platform that runs on an equivalent hardware. This allows ContentKeeper to scale massively at a very cost effective rate. Hence, ContentKeeper is used for filtering in many large networks at multi-gigabyte speeds.

A fully functional product from over 15 years of continuous development, ContentKeeper has major advantages across all feature sets including high speed SSL decryption and inspection, sandboxing, Web 2.0 application controls, behavioral analysis, threat mitigation and BYOD and mobile protection. Importantly, most of it is achieved on ONE 1RU appliance. For the same level of filtering and protection, other vendors use farms of load-balanced appliances.

CIO: What is the top-of-the-line security demand by CIOs and CISOs of modern companies?
David Wigley: Mobile protection, protection from BYOD devices, the need to decode the increasing amount of encrypted SSL traffic, and increased sophistication of malware are the main concerns of CIOs and CISOs today. ContentKeeper provides high speed, scalable malware protection and filtering to specifically address all these needs.


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