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New collaboration to help speed cloud adoption by Malaysian SMEs

AvantiKumar | March 28, 2012
Trend Micro announces new Affinity Programme with local ICT solution platinum partners.

Trend Micro Affinity Program

PHOTO - (from left) Dennis Koh, managing director, CSC Malaysia; Tuan Haji Safiee bin Mohammad, executive director, HeiTech Padu; Wong Keng Hoe, director, project management & solution marketing, Mesiniaga; and Goh Chee Hoh, managing director, SEA region, Trend Micro.

Security solutions firm Trend Micro Incorporated has announced a new partnership with three platinum partners - CSC Malaysia, HeiTech Padu and Mesiniaga - as part of its New Affinity programme, which would hep bring strategic ICT solutions to Malaysian small and medium enterprises.

Trend Micro managing director, SEA region, Goh Chee Hoh, said the new collaboration with Malaysian ICT solutions providers would help local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with a migration path to cloud computing as well as cope with the evolving threat landscape.

Citing a study by Gartner, Goh said penetration of cloud e-mail and collaboration services would stand at 10 percent and broader scale adoption would be under way by the end of 2014. "In addition, a study conducted by Forrester Consulting shows that cloud computing adoption has continued to accelerate in the Asia Pacific and Japan region, with close to 90 percent of respondents viewing cloud technology as relevant to their business."

"Nevertheless, 74 percent of respondents indicated that data privacy is the main obstacle to cloud adoption among organisations," he said, adding that Gartner predicted that by 2016, at least 50 percent of enterprise e-mail users would rely primarily on a browser, tablet, or mobile client, instead of a desktop client.

"The huge growth in consumerisation or Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) presents significant new security challenges for enterprises as IT managers have little control over those new endpoints," said Goh.

Malaysia's SMEs

Goh said that small and medium enterprises have been ear-marked as one of Malaysia's key drivers for economic growth. "Based on the SME Report 2010/2011, latest statistics indicates that SMEs constitute 99.2 percent of the total business establishments and contribute about 32 percent of GDP and 59 percent of total employment."

"In line with this development, more and more SMEs are venturing towards cloud based technology to enhance competitiveness," he said. "This means there is a high potential for SMEs to be vulnerable towards cloud based threats such as identification theft and data breach in organisations. These threats can cause substantial financial loss and via this partnership, Trend Micro aims to provide solutions for security content and threat management."

"The global security industry is at the crossroads, facing a complicated horizon that covers an escalation of targeted attacks against companies; growth in the use of unsecured personal mobile devices; and cloud implementations where data can be accessed anytime and anywhere," Goh said. "Another concern is the proliferation of Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs), referring to persistent attacks on specific targets that covert to access sensitive information such as intellectual property, negotiation strategies, or payment card information. The trend shows SMEs, which have higher risk in intellectual property security, have become an easy target for APTs."

"Three years ago, Trend Micro led the industry with the Smart Protection Network, which correlates data from more than 70 billion daily queries and has protected more than 130 million users since first unveiled," he said. "Now, we are moving even further ahead in the face of advanced, multi-faceted, targeted attacks by leveraging our scalable cloud security advantage and customising it for the data, infrastructure, devices and applications supporting the cloud journey."


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