Computerworld Malaysia invited some of Malaysia's leading ICT industry practitioners to talk about key challenges and opportunities faced by various industry sectors during 2015 as well as offer some predictions for 2016. This is the third part of the interview feature, which brings together comments, in random order, by industry leaders from Sysarmy, Schneider Electric, Ericsson, Galasys, Fortinet, Cisco, CA Technologies, and NetApp.
This concluding part of the annual roundup heavily features Cybersecurity and the challenge of coping with the increasingly hostile threat landscape for IT security and top management across all sectors. This has recently been emphasised by infosecurity specialists such as Fortinet and Symantec in recent interviews.
In addition to the theme of transformation, which includes the adaptation by shifting beyond traditional boundaries by service providers, global commentators have added that cybersecurity challenges will be exacerbated by emerging trends such as the internet of things, the development of the hyper-connected world, artificial intelligence, drones and robotics, as well as more business applications for virtual and augmented reality tech. There is also a wide acknowledgement that smartphones will continue to become the main tool for many of the afore-mentioned trends.
The first part of this roundup article included industry overviews from PIKOM, Outsourcing Malaysia, IDC, F-Secure, Allied Telesis and Barracuda Networks.
Meanwhile, the second part, which includes comments from Acronis, Avanade, Citrix, Hitachi Data Systems, Veeam Software and Brocade, focuses on Digital Transformation as a common theme.
There is also a companion feature 'ICT industry comments on Malaysia Budget 2016' led by national ICT agency Multimedia Development Corporation, MDeC, also includes forecasts for 2016 from many other industry leaders and commentators.
Speaking of the Malaysian financial services industry (FSI), Hon Fun Ping (pic), Chief Executive Officer of Sysarmy (a Subsidiary of Systech Berhad), said: In Malaysia, FSI will remain the most targeted sector for IT Security threats. But in 2016, we see an increase in threats targeting government agencies, mainly motivated by an increasingly diversified political situation.
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