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Even today, many companies still can't imagine falling victim to cyber-criminals, cyber- sabotage or virtual industrial espionage. Yet, in the age of the Internet and electronic commerce, all the signs are that IT security is faced with a growing threat, to which it is more and more susceptible. Lucrative targets for attack include not only digital company assets such as designs, patents or customer databases, but also strategic tools such as business plans, competitor analyses and quotations. To counter this, security specialist Utimaco Safeware has set up a new, dedicated consulting team that offers companies and government bodies professional support in defining their own security strategies.

“The unfortunate fact is that virtual services and IT infrastructures are increasingly under attack, both from professionals and from amateurs just hacking for fun,” explained Jackie Groves, managing director of Utimaco Safeware Ltd. “Global incident response organisations such as CERT (the Computer Emergency Response Team) are going a long way to provide early warning for such attacks, however Utimaco also recognises that IT security policies at enterprise level are among the most important preventative measures a company can take to guard itself against cyber-crime. That is why we are focussing on making sure that our customers are fully equipped with the knowledge to protect themselves via our team of highly-qualified consultants.”

The Utimaco experts assess the security of networks by simulating typical hacker attacks and identifying security gaps in a client's IT infrastructure. As part of a comprehensive security audit, they test the IT system to see if it suffers from back-door programs (trojans), insecure network and firewall settings, or problems in e-mail programs and to find out how vulnerable it is to denial of service (DoS) attacks. This security audit can then be used to develop tailored IT security policies to handle real-life situations if necessary.

The consulting team benefits from Utimaco Safeware's many years of experience in IT security, however it is essentially non-vendor-specific when it comes to creating customer-specific security solutions. Utimaco Safeware in turn benefits from the knowledge gained through carrying out security audits of customers’ networks for forwarding the ongoing research and development of its own IT security technology.

About Utimaco Safeware

Utimaco Safeware is the leading European manufacturer of professional and certified IT security solutions. Utimaco Safeware develops and sells integrated security solutions based on established standards regulating mobile/desktop security and Internet security. Utimaco Safeware maintains its website at http://www.utimaco.com.



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