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Number of CISOs rising in Asia

Zafar Anjum | March 20, 2012
There is a four to five fold increase in the number of chief information security officers (CISOs) in the Asia Pacific, according to a RSA official.

There is a four to five fold increase in the number of chief information security officers (CISOs) in the Asia Pacific, according to Vincent Goh, vice president, Asia Pacific, RSA.

"The ratio is four or five to one compared what it was a few years back," said Goh in a media briefing today, referring to the rising number of CISOs in the region.

Goh said that even though CISOs are being appointed in almost all the verticals, there are two verticals where most CISO positions are coming up: FSI (financial services and insurance) and manufacturing.

This is a good sign and it marks the growing maturity of the security landscape here, he said.

"Today, security threats are borderless and enterprises in Asia are moving beyond parameter-based security," Goh said.

Some bottlenecks, however, remain in managing risk in the region. One of the bottlenecks, for example, is the culture of "I don't want to know" among some CIOs, explained Goh. There are still some CIOs who don't want to give as much importance to security as required by the threats to enterprises today, he said.

Adding Big Data to the mix

RSA, which is the security solutions arm of EMC, started with the idea that businesses might not understand IT but they do understand risk. Goh said that now RSA is moving from information risk management to ecosystem risk management. The new approach to security uses analytics and Big Data, he added.

To drive home the message of risk management among enterprises here, RSA is coming up with a RSA Solutions Centre in Singapore, said Jeffery Kok, technical consultant director, Asia Pacific and Japan, RSA. This centre will be in a sandbox environment and will showcase scenarios of threats compromising the entire information ecosystem of an enterprise. The centre will be inaugurated in Singapore in about a month, said Kok.

 

 

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