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Malaysia 2015: Symantec, Blue Coat, Fortinet, Axis, Citrix, InfoWatch

AvantiKumar | Jan. 9, 2015
The Security of Everything forms the theme of this concluding part of a special interview series featuring insights from industry leaders on Malaysia's ICT sector in 2015.

The rising volume/complexity of advanced persistent threats (APTs), DDoS attacks and other cyber threats, and the demands of emerging technology trends like IoT and biometrics, are the most prevalent drivers making ITDMs' jobs more challenging heading into 2015.

Growing demand for Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP)
As the job for IT security gets tougher and data privacy demands increase, ITDMs are increasingly considering MSSP to confront the rising complexity and volume of cyber threats in their organizations, driven by the need for always-on, high performance & comprehensive infrastructure. In addition to firewall, IPS and email protection, functionalities such as authentication, ATP Sandbox and even DDoS mitigation are now being considered for outsourcing.

The Malaysian network security market is maturing to the extent that enterprises here are no longer content to be provided with hardware and software tools. They demand consultancy and services - which are backed by solid R&D - to meet their business needs. In fact, Fortinet has just set up a new state-of-the-art testing and simulation facilities in Kuala Lumpur. In 2015, Fortinet will focus on offering security consulting services in Malaysia. We also looking to strengthen partnerships with service providers so that Fortinet can better cater to end-users looking for managed security services. We also intend to deepen inroads into the financial services institution (FSI) sector, particularly in the data centre space. We are seeing more and more customer demands from this area.

Ivan Tjahjadi, Regional Country Manager for ASEAN and Indochina, Axis 

Ivan Tjahjadi, Country Manager, ASEAN & Indo China, Axis Communications, (pic) said:

The Internet of Things continued to be a hot topic throughout 2014, with many industries taking advantage of its capabilities. Whether it's through the use of more advanced surveillance cameras or smartphones that allow access to security camera data, the Internet of Things concept is already growing in prominence within the security industry as well. As the global market leader in network video, Axis Communications has been driving the trend in the industry by continually introducing innovative network products based on open platforms.

In 2015, we foresee consumer demand for surveillance solutions that allow mobile devices including smartphones and tablets, to access security data. The general acceptance of camera surveillance is increasing as citizens, customers and employees continue to seek a safer and more secure environment. Combined with the proliferation of mobile devices and active application developer communities, mobile device integration becomes much more feasible than several years ago.

The need for increased security is driving demand for more image quality and larger coverage from a security camera. The real challenge is to optimise image quality for surveillance, no matter how bad the light or what the external conditions are. Innovation that enhances image quality for advanced video applications will be a key industry driver.

At the same time, advancements in image quality have created a pressure on resources to support them. Higher image quality significantly impacts network bandwidth and storage requirements, thereby increasing the need for more effective compression methods. This is where, video surveillance-as-a-service (VSaaS) becomes useful for managing and archiving video footage captured by surveillance cameras onto cloud storage. Enabled by cloud computing, VSaaS allows resources and security data to be easily shared over a network and stored on computer disks by significantly reducing a file size with little or no effect on the visual quality.

In 2015, we expect analytics and business intelligence (BI) to play an even bigger role in developing advanced and smarter surveillance solutions for getting valuable insights from the enormous amount of information collected. Video analytics helps organisations and authorities to make sense of the tremendous amount of information by providing vital information at the right time.

For organisations to get the most out of the data, higher quality of images and videos needs to be supported with the right technologies. This is where the IP revolution changes the surveillance camera from a forensic tool to investigate the aftermath of an incident to becoming a vital part of a proactive chain.


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