CA launches e-security solutions for SMEs

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CHENNAI: Computer Associates has launched two e-security solutions, Super

Shield and Die-hard Defender, targeting the Indian SME segment. Priced at Rs

2.25 lakhs, the Super Shield bundle comprises eTrust Firewall Enterprise

edition, eTrust Content Inspection 25 user pack and eTrust Intrusion Detection

System (IDS)-125 sessions.


The Die-hard Defender consists of eTrust Access Control in addition to eTrust

IDS 125 sessions and higher versions of eTrust firewall and content inspection.

It is priced at Rs 4.9 lakhs. This special offer for the SME segment lasts only

till September 30.

With the e-security products market in India reportedly worth $18 million, CA

now intends to obtain a substantial chunk of this segment. It hopes to carry

along its leadership position in the segment in the world into India also.

As part of its aggressive promotion, it has been conducting road shows in the

major cities and was in Chennai recently. Explaining the rationale behind

targeting the SMEs in the country, Computer Associates consulting director

Jayesh Thakkar said that technological investments were happening in the SME

segment. Hyderabad and Calcutta are to be the next stop for the roadshops.


"The SME segment is expected to spend Rs 10,000 crore on IT this year.

Of this, a substantial amount would go to software investments. We would like to

divert a substantial part of it to our e-security solutions," he said.

Road shows have been devised to sensitize the SME segment about the security

threats, both internal and external such as hacking, virus and mobile code


"Most people think that having a firewall would secure them against all

the threats. But it cannot protect the network against virus attacks and

malicious mobile codes, though it acts like a security fence," he added.

"Though the awareness level of the SMEs on the security threat

perceptions was on the lesser side, we got a tremendous response from them on

the road shows," said Thakkar. He, however, refused to divulge the sales or

the revenue figures expected from the SME segment.