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Strengthening Malaysia's cybersecurity landscape: UK's BAE Systems

AvantiKumar | Sept. 10, 2015
Our extended security portfolio now includes cloud-based solutions for Malaysian organisations, said BAE Systems Applied Intelligence's Nick Turnbull.

Senior BAE Systems executives - DONE

Photo - BAE Systems Applied Intelligence executives - including Director, Cyber Security, Asia, Nick Turnbull (on right) - brief media in Kuala Lumpur.


UK's aerospace, defence and security solutions company BAE Systems said it is bringing cloud-based cybersecurity to commercial organisations in Malaysia in a bid to strengthen the local infosecurity landscape.

The company's security business, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence - named Malaysia's 'Cyber Security Company of the Year 2014' - already protects the digital assets of more than 5,500 organisations worldwide, said BAE Systems Applied Intelligence's director for Cyber Security, Asia, Nick Turnbull when speaking to Malaysian media.

The company has expanded its presence with more than 275 employees at its Global Engineering Centre, located in Kuala Lumpur, which focuses on local delivery and support of the company's cyber and financial crime detection services, said Turnbull.

"We have been doing some very impactful work in Malaysia particularly through our expanding workforce at the Global Engineering Centre, as well as committing to local alliances and partnerships," he said.

"Today's announcement builds on the strong foundation that our team has built in Malaysia and increases the choices available for Malaysian businesses when they make an investment in security solutions and services," said Turnbull.

BAE Systems recently signed an agreement with national infosecurity specialist agency Cybersecurity Malaysia to establish a general framework for potential collaborations in the field of cyber security and is funding a post-graduate programme in Cyber Security at the National Defence University of Malaysia.

Natural progression

Turnbull added that the new announcement was a natural progression to meet high levels local customer demand for a wide and flexible portfolio of cyber security solutions.

"For Malaysian businesses and their workforce a focus on cyber security is arguably the best defence companies can employ against the current wave of attacks on their critical assets. By introducing Malaysian companies to cyber-attack protection in a way that is easy to buy, consume and manage, we aim to help protect companies against today's most sophisticated threats," he said.

"Not only can cloud-based services be delivered within short timescales - dealing with threats almost immediately - but also, companies will also have the ability to scale their security up or down, as required, making them more agile in their response," said Turnbull.

He said with 95 per cent of cyber attacks starting with an email message, the first set of cloud-based products that BAE Systems is introducing in Malaysia comprises BAE Systems' Email Protection Services (EPS), which provide comprehensive protection against advanced threats.

The offerings include:
- Zero Day Prevention
- Insider Threat Prevention
- Email Data Loss Prevention (DLP)
- Email Encryption
- Email Anti-Virus and Anti-Spam
- Email Archiving
- Email Business Continuity

Most importantly, the technology was based on innovative and pioneering techniques, which analysed the email in the cloud for malicious content and intent, before it reached the recipient, said Turnbull, adding that one of the biggest risks to businesses was the threat of employees who accidentally or purposefully leak data. "Most companies are unprepared for this kind of problem, but BAE Systems makes it easy to find and investigate insider issues with its Insider Threat Prevention service, which forms part of the EPS product suite."


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