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The Cloud is here; now secure it

Zafar Anjum | Aug. 15, 2012
The adoption of cloud computing in Asia Pacific is slower than expected—but industry leaders come together wanting to reverse the trend.

Establishment of CSA corporate headquarters and partnership to further cloud security in Singapore by CSA, EDB and IDA.

(from left - Mr Aloysius Cheang, Managing Director, Cloud Security Alliance Asia Pacific; Mr Gian Yi-Hsen, Director, Safety & Security Industry Programme Office, Economic Development Board, Mr Jim Reavis, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Cloud Security Alliance; Mr Andrew Khaw, Senior Director, Industry Development Group, Infocomm Development Authority; Mr Mahendra Negi, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Trend Micro; Mr Ken Low, Chairman, CSA Asia Pacific)

Organisations are no longer talking about cloud adoption. For most organisations, the cloud is already here; it is a reality. The discussion now is about the need for best practices and technologies to secure the cloud.

This was one of the main highlights of CloudSec 2012, a cloud security event held in Singapore on 15 August.

At the event, keynote speakers from industry leaders such as Trend Micro, VMWare, Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), and National Institute of Science and Technology underlined the need to boost customer confidence and urged all stakeholders to come together to resolve the fundamental issues that bedevil cloud security today.

At the event, a signing ceremony to highlight the establishment of Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) corporate headquarters also took place. The ceremony also brought attention to the partnership between CSA, the Economic Development Board (EDB) and Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) to further cloud security in Singapore.

The Cloud is here

 Cloud drives innovation and trends such as analytics and Big Data, social networking and consumerisation of IT are feeding the cloud frenzy, said Dave Asprey, global vice president, Cloud Security, Trend Micro.

He was moderating a panel discussion for the media at CloudSec 2012.

Other participants at the discussion were Timothy Grance, senior computer scientist, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); Jim Reavis, co-founder & executive director, Cloud Security Alliance, and Nicholas Tan, country manager, Singapore, VMware.

Citing research, Dave said that the cloud will create US$1.1 billion in new revenues every year. This sector will create 14 million jobs between 2011 and 2015 across all businesses-from small & medium businesses to large businesses. One third of these jobs will be in four industries: communications, media, banking and manufacturing.

He also said that cloud will drive jobs in the Asia Pacific region during this period (2012-2015). Cloud-related job growth will be 155 percent in Japan, 129 percent in Australia, 109 percent in Singapore, 107 percent in Malaysia, 103 percent in Indonesia and 99 percent in India.

However, he noted, the adoption of cloud computing in the region is slower than expected. "Singapore manufacturing has the least affinity for cloud," he said. But the good news is that, he added, Singapore government and financial services lead cloud adoption in the country. "Overall, rate of growth is still relatively low."


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