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A unified approach to security and compliance: Oracle Malaysia

AvantiKumar | March 19, 2012
How companies can benefit from the correct management of the bring-your-own-device explosion: Benjamin Mah, Asia Pacific enterprise security director, Oracle.

Mah said Oracle's recently-announced Next Generation Unified Security Platform helped to bridge the gaps in an organisation and its development was helped by the company's acquisition of Sun Microsystems in 2009. "Our unified platform solution has a scalable ID repository offering single-sign on password policy. This platform includes identity, access/authorisation policies (authN and AuthZ) administration, audit and risk management processes."

"Moving forwards, Oracle will focus on cloud identity, adaptive access, mobile sign-on, and entitlements management, which cover the areas of cloud, mobile and social computing," he said. "Oracle believes that mobile devices can be managed with one sign on process while the maximum data security architecture includes delivering perimeter defences, monitoring, access control as well as encryption & masking processes."

"The Oracle unified platform offers better end-user productivity, reduced risk,  enhanced agility for the organisation, as well as enhanced security and compliance, " said Mah. "Other benefits include about 48 percent cost savings, with 46 more responsive and 35 fewer audit deficiencies according to the research firm Aberdeen Group's June 2011 study - Analyzing the Platform versus the Point Solution Approach."

The Aberdeen Group study was based on a study of 160 enterprises from different sectors, and sizes from the Americas, EMEA and Asia/Pacific.


Asian adoption

"Reaction to the Oracle solution has been positive," said Mah. "In Asia Pacific, two sectors - telecommunications and financial services industry (FSI) - have shown keen interest in this. For instance, the telcos' experience of reducing monthly recurring revenue (MMR) because of  pressures from alternative IP (Internet protocol) based communications, is driving them to adopt such solutions. One of the key uses of this platform (because of its ID management) allows companies to reach out to consumer segments on a more individual level. The identity extension processes (telecommunication e-passport) helps to deliver more targetted promotions and customer benefits more securely."

"Companies from the FSI sector in Malaysia are adopting global expansion strategies and Oracle's unified platform would allow these companies a more agile access to different groups of customers from the 'lost consumer generation' - the person on the street - to Gen Y customers (through social media efforts)," he said. "The unified platform helps to reach out to customers more securely with an almost individual customer interaction."

"Security is an ongoing, cat and mouse game, and we can never achieve 100 percent security but can achieve a more acceptable level," he said. "One of many things we can learn from the 'bad guys' in cyberspace is to collaborate and share security war stories: CSOs  need to share learnings to supplement the more formal agenda adopted by national IT security agencies such as CyberSecurity Malaysia, and  IMPACT to share best practices with their counterparts around the world."


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