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Security pros name their must-have tools

Ann Bednarz | April 17, 2015
Trusted IT security gear fights bots, protects data, and monitors systems for suspicious behaviors.

Secure file sharing is imperative for Lawyers Without Borders, a group that works with volunteer lawyers to advance human rights law in conflict-ridden regions. The nonprofit organization, headquartered in Hartford, Conn., uses Intralinks VIA to protect confidential legal documents and court papers from unsanctioned access.

The SaaS solution for content sharing and collaboration is a favorite of Christina Storm, executive director of Lawyers Without Borders (LWOB). The robustness of the product reassures LWOB's multinational law firm partners that the group is meeting their security standards, Storm says, and it's an important safeguard for lawyers in the field.

"The product allows us to securely share documents and court papers. Intralinks VIA also permits us to revoke access to documents in the event the wrong people get ahold of them," Storm says. "This can be a matter of life and death for lawyers doing pro bono work with clients in troubled countries who are battling human trafficking, terrorism and other human rights violations. The interception of sensitive documents by criminals or unfriendly governments can compromise the safety of in-country clients, and in some cases the attorneys with whom they work."

Storm shared LWOB's experience with Intralinks VIA as part of Network World's annual Fave Raves project, which asks IT pros to talk about their favorite enterprise tech products. This year, a number of IT pros chose enterprise security products as their favorites.

A bot fighter won over Tudor James. He's senior manager of digital operations at Yell.com, a Yellow Pages Directory site that was constantly running up against web scraping bots.

"In addition to content theft, web scraping bots impacted our site availability, response times and the productivity of the SysOps team. It was a problem that consumed massive amounts of internal IT resources and costs over the last 10 years," James says. "Despite implementing both in-house engineered solutions and expensive bespoke security services, we always felt like we were playing a losing game of whack-a-mole against these bad actors."

What finally worked? Distil Networks' bot detection and mitigation service. The problem disappeared, James says. "We gained back control of our content and website, and our engineering teams could focus on delivering new features for our real users instead of battling bots. We now have far more time to spend on rewarding projects, such as user generated content and engagement of our customers through ratings and reviews."

Paul Calatayud, chief information security officer at Surescripts, raved about Invincea FreeSpace Enterprise.

The endpoint security product "stops advanced end user attacks (spear phishing, drive-by downloads, etc.) via containment, which results in stopping malware from infection," says Calatayud, who oversees information security, audit, and enterprise risk management at the electronic prescribing network. "The world we are in is not about tactical day-to-day breach protection. The real game is proactively detecting abnormalities in systems that were at one point safe and ensuring that your current posture is strong."

 

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