“5G technology represents the next-generation standard of wireless communication, connecting devices, machines, businesses, and people.” – Zakir Hussain Rangwala (CEO, BD Software Distribution Pvt. Ltd.)

Zakir Hussain Rangwala

BD Software Distribution Pvt. Ltd.

Khushagra: What are the opportunities and expectations in cyber security industry from the launch of 5G in India?

Zakir: 5G technology represents the next-generation standard of wireless communication, connecting devices, machines, businesses, and people. 5G ability to deliver higher multi-Gbps data speed, massive bandwidth and network capacity, better availability and more reliability compared to any other mobile network. The growth of smart networks will allow the development of smart homes and cities, which will increase the dependency on 5G technology enormously. This will result in increased threat potential of cyber threats. Cybercriminals may try to install into the core network to allow data to be intercepted and redirected. Improper deployment, configuration or management could also make the network vulnerable to disruption and manipulation. As a prevention measure one must upgrade DNS security and URL filtering. Ensure that multifactor authentication and encryption are in place across all devices. Use end-to-end protection solutions to identify and block vulnerability exploitation, malicious content, and suspicious behaviour. The expected launch of 5G we might witness the ability to change the dynamics of industries in preventing risks making it a reliable source to carry out safe and secure work.

Khushagra: What will be the major concern of cyber security with the rising technology standards?

Zakir: With the digital transformation around all businesses, small and mid-size, corporates, governments are trusting on computerized systems to manage their day-to-day activities and thus making cybersecurity a primary goal to safeguard data from various online attacks and cyber threats. With Artificial Intelligence being introduced in all market segments it will be incomparable in building automated security systems and automatic threat detection. As per the cybersecurity trends, Mobile will be the new target as it will witness considerable increase in mobile banking attacks. With more and more organizations now established on clouds, security measures need to be continuously monitored and updated to safeguard the data. With the beginning of 5G networks, a new era of inter-connectivity between multiple devices will open to vulnerabilities for outside attacks. Another important cybersecurity trend that we can’t seem to ignore is targeted ransomware. Threats are unfortunately going to increase; we need to ensure that cybersecurity should be our priority to deal with the risk ahead.

Khushagra: Indians second-most attacked by cyber criminals: What will be the major reason?

Zakir: Today, the term is almost exclusively used to describe information security matters, because it’s hard to visualize how digital indicators moving across a line can represent an attack. A cyber-attack is an attack mounted on our digital devices by means of internet. With every year, we are getting more reliant on the internet and the devices connected to it. However, our dependence on the internet has also invited the rise of cybercrime. Cybercriminals or hackers all around the world are now actively looking for ways to make money by exploiting the exchange of information and online transactions occurring on the internet. With many COVID-19 obligations still in effect, remote work will remain widespread, cyber criminals have taken advantage and may continue to do so. Lack of talent will hunt organizations as the inability to hire and retain appropriate talent to defend against attacks will leave the public sector highly vulnerable. Malwares are more automated, continuing a recent trend that has forced the cyber security industry to catch up. Hackers use machine to automate cybercrime activities, allowing them to execute more attacks. Unnecessary software that has been installed on your computer against your will can duplicate itself all over the web and spread. Phishing attacks are going to become even more sophisticated, since a lot of strategies have already been initiated.

Khushagra: Do you think India is still in the nascent phase of awareness about cyber security?

Zakir: Over the past decades, industries/organizations are adapting to the lessons learned from pandemic. Organizations are struggling to decide the best ways to balance employee flexibility, corporate culture, and the challenges of managing complexity and cost in a multi-cloud environment. As India starts consuming more technology, it is also getting vulnerable to the kind of attacks as the list of such cyberattacks is growing faster extending from banking and contracting scams against individuals on social media to massive data thefts at large organizations. The dependency of human beings on cyberspace has increased enormously, with people adopting new digital tools, services, and applications. Proper infrastructure and proper academic cybersecurity training will help an individual to become good cybersecurity professionals. Any interruption can put the lives of many at risk, therefore, it is the need of the hour that there are skilled professionals that can prevent any catastrophe from happening and protect the digital structure.

Khushagra: What are the brand’s plans to further penetrate the Indian market?

Zakir: BD Software provides a wide range of solutions, all of which have received positive client feedback. BD Software have alliances with Safetica, CoSosys, End Point Protector, Zecurion (DLP solutions & UBA), Peregrine (SOC Service and MDR), Beehive (Human Resources Management Software), ePrompto (Single Console for Managing devices, Improving Performance & Installing Security Patches) among others. BD Software have also onboarded four new brands in the last quarter: Phished – Phissing Simulation & Cybersecurity Training, Chimpa – Mobile device management and endpoint monitoring, Sendquick – An alert Management system with 2 Factor Authentication, and Cybel Angel – Threat Monitoring Solutions. Each of the brands are champions in their respective fields, and BD Software hope that Indian customers will benefit from their use. Since its inception, BD Software has over 750,000+ users across India using various solutions.

Khushagra: What are your future plans for BD Software in relation to cyber security and 5G?

Zakir: BD Soft has steadily and remarkably reinforced its position as one of the leading IT security distributors offering industry-leading consumer, SMB & enterprise-level solutions in India. The brand is now looking forward to expanding its reach and developing an expansion strategy to contribute to development in areas with a strong security market. BD Soft have already established a significant presence in Tier 1 markets. As part of the next stage of expansion, BD Soft will concentrate on Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities across India. The intent is to be present in over 100 cities by the end of 2023. to bring the plans together, we plan to further expand our Team by bringing on skilled individuals, particularly in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities. India’s SMB and SME market is rapidly expanding, as are the cybersecurity challenges they face. BD Soft hope to assist them in resolving their cyber security concerns and providing solutions that are best suited to their environment.

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