Digital Week: Coming Together to Discuss ASEAN’s Digital Future

What the year 2020 brought was unprecedented. Even as the pandemic has impacted healthcare as we know it directly, it’s most long-lasting effects may be in the social and economic transformations it has sparked.

 

The world has entered a new, unexpected phase of transformation, driven by an urgent need for operational innovation. Corporations around the world are rethinking how to reach and serve customers, build reliable supply chains, ensure employee productivity and drive the sustainability agenda.

 

So, innovation as we know it is getting redirected. From mom-and-pop stores who hesitated before embracing e-commerce, to larger companies enabling millions of their workforce to work remotely. A positive evolution is underway as companies and their stakeholders find new ways of connecting, collaborating and keeping in pace with their evolving needs.

 

Looking ahead to 2021 and beyond, new questions arise as millions of users from Bangkok to Manila embrace IoT, AI, and 5G. How can we store this data sustainably? Are there vulnerabilities in endpoint security still to account for? How can SME’s leverage cloud technology as effectively as enterprises?

 

Simply put, it is time to get together and talk about the future of the Cloud & IT industries in this region. And so, W.Media is hosting the first ever Digital Week: Southeast Asia.

 

ASEAN’s Best and Brightest

Next Week, we’re gathering ASEAN’s best and brightest for a 4-day virtual conference to cover everything from datacenter deployment to digital banking. You can get a chance to network with 7000+ Senior IT Leaders across the Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnamese, Philippines, and Thailand markets.

 

The event will be spread across 16 countries and representing 12+ industries, featuring community forums, conference-wide competitions, and 1-on-1 networking meetings. Over  1,000 participants have already registered for the most talked about Digital Event in the region.

 

We’re excited to announce several International Keynote Speakers, including esteemed US datacenter veteran Dale Sartor from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He will be speaking at length about new developments in Warm Water Cooling that will transform energy efficiency in data centers.

 

Harriet Green, named one of Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women Internationally 2019” will be joining from the UK to discuss what skillsets companies should be developing in their workplace in preparation for our digital future.

 

Representing the digital potential of the region, we have speakers like Bryan Carroll, CEO of TNEX, Vietnam’s first digital-only bank, joining to talk about the technology revolution in Vietnam’s fintech sector.

 

We are also pleased to announce that we will be joined by Government affiliates from the region, including Surina Shukri, CEO of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC). Such speakers will offer invaluable insights into what’s playing out on the ground across these markets.

 

Not Just a Conference, but a Community Hub

See our Digital Week Website for the full list of our 50+ expert guests. More speakers are joining the event each day, and it is shaping up to be the most informative and forward thinking conference of the year.

 

Whether you’re interested in the Cloud, Datacenters, Digital Transformation, or all of the above, Digital Week has the content and connections to keep you on the forefront of ASEAN’s accelerating tech scene.

 

Other topics that will be discussed over these four days are “Cloud Security Infrastructure and SaaS improvements to improve Remote Work Security”, “How Cloud Tech can Empower ASEAN SMEs to Globalise”, “Accelerating Digital Payment Solutions”, “Retrofitting Legacy Data Centers”, and “How Next-Gen Technologies can Promote Enterprise Innovation.”

 

Registration is free and we are adding content to our event platform each day, so sign up early to get the most out of your Digital Week experience.

 

JOIN W.MEDIA AT DIGITAL WEEK

SG | MY | ID | TH | VT | PH

When: 23-26 February 2021

Where: Online

The past year has seen incredible leaps forward in our embrace of digital solutions, and we think it’s time to come together and talk about it. We’re bringing together thousands of IT leaders from across Southeast Asia, covering everything from datacenter deployment to digital banking. Digital Week lets you expand your network and engage with new markets from wherever you are.

Want to learn more about ASEAN’s Cloud & IT ecosystem? Start your year off right and Register Today for Free!

CSaaS adoption on the rise as cos grapple with increasing threats

With the onset of Covid-19, Cybersecurity-as-a-service (CSaaS) is witnessing a significant adoption, as companies brace themselves for the ‘new normal’.

It seems like every year sets a “benchmark” for new and advanced cybersecurity threats. As private and public organizations scramble to hire security professionals and set aside the budgets to improve their defenses, cyber criminals continue to exploit even the minutest of technical vulnerabilities with ease.

If the evolution of cyber criminals is not something for an organisation to worry about, the COVID-19 pandemic has rewritten the rules of the game. “Cybersecurity as a Service (CSaaS) relieves the burden by reducing one-time investment (as such services are charged per month and as per the consumption),costs, increasing coverage and giving businesses you an access to experts they can count on to identify threats, vulnerabilities, and risks in their your environment,” according to Sunil Sharma, MD, Sales (India and SAARC) for Sophos.

Traditionally, CSaaS providers offer a Security Operations Center (SOC), Security Information and Events Management (SIEM) system, or both, he added.

Why use CSaaS

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated digital transformation for many organisations, which have moved to the cloud, to enable employees “Work From Home” and to maintain business continuity. A recent PwC survey of more than 10,000 business and IT executives even found that 62 per cent of organisations are now implementing this model.

Sunil is of the view that the pandemic has changed the mentality of organisations and their Boards towards cybersecurity. Organisations have realized the need to secure their assets in the current fluctuating protocols about working in and out of a home and main office. “They are also keen on being prepared for the future that is leaning towards Zero Trust,” he said.

A Zero Trust (ZT) architecture abolishes the idea of a trusted network inside a defined corporate perimeter. It is here that CSaaS comes in. Firstly, it provides effective defense to combat cyberattacks at an affordable costing model.

“Many Small and Medium Sized Businesses (SMBs) do not have a dedicated security team. A robust cybersecurity to combat cyberattacks requires the right tools, people and processes in-house to effectively manage security round the clock,” said Sunil.

Also, staffing a SOC and maintaining SIEM can be financially burdensome for many organisations. “It is a complex operation even for the large enterprises, so you can imagine the plight of smaller businesses,” noted Sunil.

CSaaS provides cybersecurity services as per an organizations’ need, at a convenient pricing model and at the same time help protect them when their business grows. IT leaders need to ensure their current cybersecurity defenses can stand up against active cyberattackers by including a proactive threat hunting component.

Adversaries are also changing their tactics, techniques and procedures to increasingly launch cyberattacks that combine automation with active human interaction or “hands on keyboard” hacking. CsaaS can better provide threat hunting services to the serve organizations that don’t have people and upfront budget to maintain cybersecurity in such a dynamic environment of evolving cyberattacks and can help organizations to achieve robust cybersecurity within their flexible budget.

Perhaps the biggest advantage is simply the long-term savings. Companies don’t have to deal with the costly overhead expenses involved with assembling an in-house team and acquiring hardware and software.

All this can quickly take a financial toll on a business. CSaaS is an effective alternative because it allows you to bypass many of the capital intensive these costs, thus reducing your financial burden, pointed out Sunil.

As cybercriminals continue to evolve their attack strategies, cybersecurity has become increasingly important for organisations of all types.