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Imperva's APJ VP: Security must be data-centric

FY Teng | June 19, 2014
Stree Naidu talks about the evolution of enterprise security in the region and explains why safeguarding our data centres should be a top priority.

Stree Naidu, Vice President, Imperva Asia Pacific and Japan Stree Naidu, Vice President, Imperva Asia Pacific and Japan

The VP of Imperva Asia Pacific and Japan, Stree Naidu, agreed to an interview with Computerworld Singapore on Tuesday (June 17, 2014), wherein he shared his readings on the current state of enterprise security in Singapore, the region and the rest of the world, and put forward a case for the adoption of what he termed "a data-centric approach" to security, and for the devotion of more resources to protecting our data centres. Read on for his insights on the complex information security issues facing enterprises today and what they should be doing in response.

Please give us your views on enterprise security, as you see it now, at the local, regional and global levels.
Stree Naidu:
The state of data centre security continues to vary across regions and across countries within those regions.

In Singapore, data centre security is gaining stronger interest as corporations recognise that security measures at the application or device level are insufficient, and we must protect the data at its source-within the data centre. Consumers and corporations are accessing growing amounts of data and information through mobile devices, with smart phone penetration growing to 87 percent in 2013 (ref. Media research Asia: 87% Smartphone Penetration in Hong Kong, Singapore, 13 September 2013). At the same time, Cloud Computing has also emerged as a popular platform to access data and this has made it increasingly important for multinational corporations and data centre operators to equip their data centres with the necessary security infrastructure. The Singapore government has also been very active in introducing security initiatives to protect national data.

Malaysia's data usage is also increasing rapidly, as with the rest of Southeast Asia, in line with the growing adoption of mobile devices and reliance on web applications. Hence, the need for data security is also intensifying. Across Asia, traditional hubs such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and Australia have been a base for multinational corporations and data centre operations, and tend to have more sophisticated understanding of the need for data centre security.

Likewise, China has been an early adopter of data centre security. The Chinese data centre industry has experienced very strong growth in recent years, especially in metropolitan cities such as Beijing and Shanghai and the satellite cities around. Its booming economy and the government's heavy investments in innovation and technology development are fuelling growth and creating demand for data centre markets.

Across continents, the US remains a leader in data centre security. In today's climate, where there are more threats against assets that are more critical than ever, data security has become a focal point. We see government and businesses equipped with sophisticated data centre security systems to protect critical assets.


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