Secondly, Trend Micro noted that the trend within cloud and virtualisation is the shift from physical cloud to virtual cloud, and ultimately from private cloud to public cloud. It also predicts that globally, 90 per cent of large enterprises and government agencies will use the cloud by 2015.
“In the U.S., currently 70 per cent of the data centres are virtualised. If you look at Singapore or SEA in general, I think we are between 20 to 30 per cent virtualised. It’s true that adoption in terms of virtualisation is taking place, but we still have a long way to go,” said Dhanya Thakkar, Managing Director, SEA and India, of Trend Micro.
He added that there are plenty of challenges from a security standpoint, which includes server and VM (virtual machine) integrity, appropriate policy enforcement, data protection – especially in the cloud, as well as performance and manageability.
Lastly, Trend Micro refers to cyber threats as cybercriminals attempting to gather information about organisation and individuals via social engineering. Thakkar said that this is especially detrimental to an organisation if the attack goes undiscovered for months, which can result in significant money loss. In fact, Trend Micro reports that there are two successful attacks per week, or per large organisation. Additionally, 63 per cent of security professionals believe that it is only a matter of time until their enterprise is targeted.
With that, Thakkar emphasized that companies should adopt a strong threat defense strategy – one that requires a “full range of techniques across every layer – from end users, servers and data centers, to networks – and across the breadth of environments, be it physical, virtual or cloud”.
He added that CIOs too, play a critical role in ensuring the IT security of the organisation.
“CIOs role should not only be about empowering the business, but also about mitigating risk,” he said. “This means that they should aim to improve business agility, as well as protect sensitive information to maintain brand and comply with regulations, while controlling costs. In other words, CIOs should empower the business while protecting information.”
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