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Gerald Wee | June 13, 2011
A comprehensive corporate security system must integrate management best practices as well as sophisticated technologies.

The dangerous world of the cloud was directly addressed by Dr Ngair Teow Hin, Chairman, Security & Governance Chapter (SGC), Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF), as well as Founder and CEO of SecureAge Technology. In his presentation, Dr Ngair discussed the viable data protection strategies and technologies that could be used to protect confidential information on the cloud and at the same time give enterprise users practically full access to the capabilities and advantages that are meant to come with a move onto the cloud.

Hardware Accelerated
In a growing global network which is faster and bigger than before, security defences must do their jobs quickly and efficiently without slowing down traffic and communications.

“Performance is important,” said Filippo Cassini, Vice President, Systems Engineering, EMEA and APAC, Fortinet. “Security defences face challenges from bandwidth and latency standpoints, and need to be resilient.”

Fortinet feels that organisations must be able to scale as their needs increase and application specific processors play a part in beefing up performance issues.

“Integrating the wireless network directly into the firewall helps a lot in terms of consolidating virus control, and you can also add other features like two-factor authentication, for example,” said Cassini. “While not everything can be put into hardware, you can put as much as possible to isolate bottlenecks.”

“New processors that can be reprogrammed provide additional flexibility and makes the firewall more efficient,” he said.
Efficiency was also brought to the fore of the presentation by Bryan Sat, Business Development Manager—SaaS/Cloud Services, SEA, Kaspersky Lab. Sat showed the audience the baldfaced truth of the global threat landscape, and then followed that up with a detailed account of how the clever use of a high-value solution that incorporates cost-effective security systems can maximise business productivity and ultimately lower the total cost of protection.

Managed Service
Another security paradigm that users may want to explore is managed services.

“Comprehensive security requires infrastructure as well as governance and compliance,” said Freddie Chin, Product Manager, Security Services, CITIC Telecom International CPC. “Manpower and skills are necessary as well.”

By engaging a competent provider, organisations not only address these problems, but can also benefit from reduced capital expenditure, allowing reallocation of budgets to other business purposes.

“Because of their specialty, managed service providers potentially have better skill sets and competencies in handling security issues, monitoring the company network,” Chin added. “It is a viable option especially if implementation and skills are an issue.”

Risk Management
Ultimately, the need for security only arises if the business is making money, said Benjamin Hodge, Director for Technical Services, Astaro Asia.

 

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