Photo - Albert Chai, Managing Director, Cisco Malaysia
In conjunction with rapid digitisation and networking solutions provider Cisco's launch of its first fully integrated threat-focused Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW), Malaysian organisations have been urged to make security a top business priority.
Cisco Malaysia managing director Albert Chai said while Malaysia was already "embracing an era of digitisation with people who are more connected, mobile and tech-savvy than ever before. They increasingly demand for services and capabilities that only digitally transformed organisations can offer."
"Companies have to adapt to the increasingly dynamic threat landscape as there is more data to secure and new attack vectors for malicious actors to exploit," said Chai.
He cited as an example that in 2015, Malaysia Computer Emergency Response Team (MyCERT) found close to 1.5 million unique IPs were infected by malware. "This figure alone provides a compelling reason for businesses to take appropriate measures and keep their organisations secure."
"To give businesses the confidence to pursue digital opportunities and enable growth, Cisco has made security a top priority," said Chai. "The introduction of our flagship Next-Generation Firewall and Security Segmentation Service marks a significant departure from the legacy approach to a deeper focus on threat defence."
"Think of it as past generation firewalls being akin to protecting 'homes' by securing windows and doors, whereas Cisco's approach is to identify, detect and protect against potential burglars no matter how they try to gain access to a property," he added.
Billions on cybersecurity
Chai said that in the last three years, Cisco has "spent billions in strategic cybersecurity acquisitions and internal innovations, weaving this into an integrated architecture for customers. This enables business of all sizes to take the security everywhere approach - both embedded into the intelligent network infrastructure and pervasive across the extended network - from endpoints, enterprise networks, to the cloud."
Along with the NGFW, Cisco has made available its Security Segmentation Service, an advisory service to help organisations create security controls that enhance compliance, breach containment, threat detection, content security and data loss prevention across their IT infrastructure.
"Through these new offerings, Cisco provides customers an added edge by allowing them to innovate and capitalise on new technologies, while managing risk and improving resiliency," he said.
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