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Security without Borders

Fairfax Business Media | Oct. 20, 2010
Security without Borders

Security without Borders

The decision to invest in advanced infrastructures will pay off in business alignment and threat negation, say experts to a full house of IT professionals.

The opportunity for a day-long dialogue on leading-edge enterprise IT infrastructure and security, organized by Transition Systems, did not pass unnoticed by the hundreds of Singapore IT executives who trooped into Sheraton Towers on the morning of 7 October.

By event opening at 9 a.m., Ballroom 2 had fully filled out and a wing had to be knocked open to accommodate scores of CEOs and CIOs who were delayed by a rainstorm.

The Transition Systems brand is a distributor of best-of-breed security and infrastructure solutions and they had called on six experienced vendors to share the latest thoughts on technologies to manage high levels of performance and security.

Innovation and business return on investment (ROI) were top of mind for the visitors, since the State of the Asian CXO Survey results showed that a majority of CIOs thought they ought to be consulted on IT investments at an earlier stage, and they wanted to help management with innovative ideas. Hence, this seminar on 'Winning IT Strategies' was well-timed.

Seen Centre-stage

McAfee's Alvin Tan was the first expert speaker with an agenda of data loss protection. Based on a five-step plan from McAfee, Tan said that less time than expected would be required to secure both data-in-motion and shared data linked to business partners, customers and suppliers.

The McAfee plan was revealed as a series of documented steps from risk research to encryption of laptop data to management of removable media. Identification of critical data was then advised. The final step - a new McAfee DLP 2.0 console which gives single view of data usage - lifts the enterprise to 99% data secure.

The next speaker was John Cunningham of Aruba who transmitted on reliable, secure and cost effective networks. The key to full wireless, according to Cunningham, is multimedia grade WiFi, based on the IEEE 802.11n product certification (multiple input, multiple output antennas).

Cunningham declared the standard a game changer which would drive transition to wireless for primary access. Today's business on the move would also benefit from wireless, he said.

The 802.11n WLANs from Aruba, he added, benefit from RAP technology that moves security to the data centre leaving a thin edge and virtualizes the data centre as well.

Switch to Automation

After a break, during which rain fell unabated, the audience returned to Victor Law's accomplished presentation on Infoblox-style network infrastructure control and automation. He said that today's IT challenges are compounded by rapidly growing networks and complexity. Enterprises without dynamic control risk an opportunity gap between resources and demands.


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