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Half a billion reasons why Malaysian companies should prioritise security: AIMS, IBM

AvantiKumar | July 15, 2014
The carrier-neutral data services provider's first strategic alliance with IBM will especially benefit small and medium Malaysian companies, said AIMS Group CEO Chiew Kok Hin.

AIMS Group CEO, Chiew Kok Hin modified 

Photo - Chiew Kok Hin, CEO, AIMS Group


Southeast Asia's carrier-neutral data services provider AIMS Group has announced its first strategic alliance with IBM, which will allow it to offer enhanced managed security services to small and medium companies in Malaysia, it said.

"There's half a billion reasons why businesses need to prioritise data security," said IBM Worldwide Security Services general manager, Kris Lovejoy. "Our research indicates that more than half a billion personal data such as name, credit card numbers and passwords were leaked in 2013 alone due to online security breaches. By introducing a cost competitive MSS, we hope to minimise the loss of data amongst businesses in Malaysia."

Malaysia-based AIMS Group chief executive officer Chiew Kok Hin.said this move to offer IBM Managed Security Services [MSS] would bring enterprise-grade infrastructure security benefits to small and medium companies in the country.

"Cyber security is a serious business regardless of the company's size" said Chiew. "According to a Ponemon Institute study in 2013, a business could lose as much as US$136 per lost record of data in the event of a cyber security breach.  However, enterprise level security can be too costly or hard to manage for an SME, which is why AIMS has teamed up with IBM to address this need."

"With this new partnership, AIMS's clients will be able to select a managed security service that suits their business IT requirements," he said. "Our customers can now benefit from high quality services and not have to invest in personnel or security infrastructure, opting for a one-stop service provider to manage their security infrastructure and security policies.  With MSS, customers will not only have world class enterprise level security but can expect to save up to 50 percent on the operation costs that an in-house security deployment and management will cost."

Chiew said that by leveraging the IBM Security Framework, AIMS will offer the new Managed Security Services via a cloud-based Virtual Security Operations Center (VSOC).  

 Enterprise grade benefits

"AIMS customers receive through IBM virtual support, the ability to integrate the necessary information to give a holistic view of the security surrounding their data assets.  We will provide 24-7 technical expertise from our virtual team of technical experts that will be aided by IBM's intelligence reports, which are constantly updated to reflect the ever expanding cyber security threats that happen every minute," he said.

Chiew said some of the benefits include: 

- Reduced costs and minimised complexities
- Better managed overall risk with an integrated view and holistic dashboard for greater visibility and security intelligence
- High quality managed and monitoring services delivered through proven processes, integrated technology 
- 24-7 technical expertise from AIMS

"We chose AIMS as a provider of IBM Security Services because they are a market leader in Malaysia. AIMS has successfully built an integrated ecosystem of various communities together with their diverse client portfolio ranging from large corporations, to SMEs across industries as diverse as aviation, hotel, telecommunication, financial services, online businesses, oil and gas, retail and content providers," said IBM's Lovejoy.

The security offerings available span across multiple security domains including vulnerability management, application scanning, network-based firewall, IDS/ IPS, UTM, secure email/web gateway, hosted security event and log management, web/ DDoS protection, and Managed SIEM.


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