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Malaysia's Angkasa picks Unisys to secure customer data

AvantiKumar | May 13, 2016
Credit and personal information on Angkasa's 26 self-service kiosks is protected by Unisys Stealth security solution.

Tony Windever - Unisys 

Photo - Tony Windever, Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Solutions, Unisys Asia Pacific,


Customers' personal and credit information on Malaysian cooperative Angkasa's 26 self-service kiosks is now protected by Unisys Stealth security solution.

Angkatan Koperasi Kebangsaan Malaysia (Angkasa), the apex body of the Malaysian co-operative movement, which represents about 12,596 co-operatives nationally has rolled out the Unisys Stealth solution, said Mohd Sofian Osman, Angkasa's chief information officer.
Mohd Sofian said that one of Angkasa's core services was to facilitate salary deductions for co-operatives, banks, insurance providers, unit trusts, trade unions and community societies integrated with government departments, government linked companies (GLC) and publically listed companies.

He said that this salary deduction service "is a centralised billing and payment gateway between employers and non-bank financial institutions that provides automated payment of monthly subscriptions, loan instalments, insurance premiums, and other dues via systematic payroll deductions."

"Angkasa members rely on the kiosks to be able to access their loan information at a time that suits them from a wide range of locations across Malaysia. With Unisys Stealth technology they will have the confidence that their transactions are secured," Mohd Sofian said.

Angkasa has also used Unisys ClearPath technology to develop and run its core payroll deduction application since 1996.

 National ID card and micro segments

Tony Windever, vice president and general manager, Enterprise Solutions, Unisys Asia Pacific, said that Unisys provided the Unisys Stealth (core) software and related implementation and support services to help Angkasa secure communication between the self-service kiosks and its data centre from hackers or other unauthorised access, protect critical IT assets and secure sensitive customer data.

These kiosks, located at selected government agencies, Angkasa branches and Bank Rakyat branches, are used by co-operative members to check their salary deduction information and loan balance details, said Windever

He said individuals can access their information via the kiosk using their Malaysia MyKAD national ID card to verify their identity. Stealth creates a secure communication channel between the kiosks and the servers in ANGKASA's data centre.

Unisys Stealth has identity-based micro-segmentation techniques and encryption to help organisations mitigate cyber-attacks from outside or within the organisation by rendering devices, data and end users undetectable on networks, said Windever.

"The solution establishes secure 'micro-segments' within an enterprise where only authorised users can access information," he said. "Unauthorised users cannot access Stealth-protected endpoints -- or even see that they exist. Even if the network is compromised elsewhere, Stealth contains the intrusion to a single segment of the network, with no access to move laterally to other parts of the enterprise."

 Windever said, "Unisys Security Insights research found that one in three Malaysians expect personal information held by their financial institutions will be accessed by an unauthorised person within a year, so being seen to secure the kiosk channels is a key way for ANGKASA to build trust among its members. And Unisys Stealth's combination of encryption and micro-segmentation is the best way to provide such protection."

Unisys serves more than half of the world's top 25 banks, and more than 450 financial institutions worldwide use Unisys core banking solutions. And more than five million Internet banking customers in Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia are protected from banking fraud by Unisys.


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