NTT completes its first Microsoft security project in Indonesia

NTT, a technology services provider, just completed its first Microsoft Security Project for a cellular operator in Indonesia.

The Japanese tech major provided consulting, implementation, and managed services to enhance the client’s data security and privacy.

With this project, NTT has reported improved agility in responding to security threats, uncompromised productivity and lower integration costs.

Enterprise-wide security strategy  

NTT identified gaps and siloed operations in the client’s existing security policies and processes. Afterwards, they implemented a cost-saving solution to manage and protect sensitive data across multiple platforms.

Over the past 10 months, NTT also helped the client define and implement viable security policies and security tools.

Following an enterprise-wide installation of Microsoft Information Protection (MIP) solutions, including Azure Information Protection (AIP), Office 365 Data Loss Prevention (O365 DLP) and Microsoft Cloud App Security (MCAS), NTT rolled out end-user training for 5,700 employees.

NTT said it will continue to provide end-to-end managed services for one year as part of post-implementation support.

As a result, NTT expected to see lower integration and compliance cost, reduced IT complexity and improved security responses.

With the increase in tech adoption globally during COVID, telcos are coming under increasing threats of cybersecurity-related vulnerabilities. Almost all telcos in the world are ramping up their IT systems to counter cyber threats.

As users can collaborate more securely over Office 365 services, the company added, end-user friction is mitigated.

The risk of data leakage is also reduced as IT can better control sensitive data as it moves between internal and external apps.

“The need to integrate security into business and IT systems come as a top-level priority for us at NTT and our clients, having witnessed major data breaches in the past year alone. This project marks the first Microsoft security project for us in Indonesia,” said Hendra Lesmana, CEO, NTT Indonesia Solutions.

Need for stronger cybersecurity regulations in Indonesia

Cybersecurity laws and regulation are still at a nascent stage. While there are plans by the government to step up data protection, they have yet made any concrete plans. Recent data breaches in Indonesia also sounded alarms.

As Southeast Asia’s fastest-growing data centers industry develops, ensuring the security of the data will be both service providers and businesses’ priority.

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Lumen launches Managed Endpoint Detection and Response (MEDR) for Asia Pacific market

Lumen (formerly known as CenturyLink) has launched its Managed Endpoint Detection and Response (MEDR) service for businesses in Asia Pacific.

The new solution aims to keep organisations secure in a time when smart, connected devices are everywhere and workforces require remote access.

Lumen MEDR uses artificial intelligence to detect and identify threats on devices, including attacks and attempts that may have bypassed measures such as antivirus software and endpoint protection. Once identified, MEDR will launch a remediation in real-time and restore devices back to its original state.

“These endpoints create a larger and more vulnerable attack surface for cybercriminals, and they are highly susceptible to exploits,” said Cheah Wai Kit, the Director of Product Management (Security) at Lumen Asia Pacific.

According to Lumen, research has shown that more than 90% of successful data breaches begin with an attack on users.

“Lumen MEDR provides the first line of defense where it matters most, starting at the endpoints,” added Mr. Cheah.

Lumen MEDR also provides 24/7 customer service support to its clients.

Cybersecurity Collaboration with IDC Secure

Alongside this, Lumen has also announced a collaboration with IT services provider IDC to launch IDC X-Secure, an interactive security assessment tool to offer guidance to businesses on issues concerning digital security.

“As enterprises continue to pursue their digital transformation initiatives, they are starting to realise their limitations in fending off cyberthreats proactively. IDC is seeing a rise in organisations partnering with a managed security services provider to combat the evolving cyberthreat landscape,” said Simon Piff, Vice President of Security Practice at IDC Asia Pacific.

According to IDC’s semi-annual security spending report, investments in security-related products and services in Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) will reach US$28.2 billion by 2022, with spending on managed security services accounting for almost half of Asia Pacific’s cybersecurity market by 2023.

“As part of a robust security strategy, businesses need to have the visibility to detect and respond to attacks before they turn into breaches. This eventually reduces the time it takes to investigate, eradicate and contain incidents in their corporate environments,” added Mr. Piff.

IDC X-Secure will offer its expertise on cybersecurity’s global best practices, with peer comparisons and gap analyses to help IT professionals achieve cybersecurity requirements.

“IDC’s X-Secure dives into critical elements of businesses’ security strategy and provides IT leaders with practical scenarios and solutions to mitigate cyber risks,” concluded Mr. Piff.

Security services are also predicted to be the largest and fastest-growing segment with a value of US$6.3 billion, thanks to the rising use of managed services to fend off and respond to cyberattacks.

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Acronis to launch mass global expansion with 100 micro data centers

Global cybersecurity service provider Acronis announced plans for a global expansion of its network of cloud data centers, adding 100 micro data centers to regions including Singapore, Australia, Switzerland, France, Germany, the UK, and the US.

New state-of-the-art facilities will also be set up in Canada, New Zealand, and Bhutan.

“The rise of edge computing around the world means more data is now created and used away from company networks. Micro data centers enable the efficient deployment of edge computing, particularly in emerging markets,” said Serguei ‘SB’ Beloussov, Founder and CEO of Acronis.

The new data centers will provide users with access to Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud, the company’s flagship cybersecurity solution that integrates backup, disaster recovery, next-generation anti-malware, and endpoint management tools all under one service package.

“As part of Acronis’ Global-Local Strategy, this expansion allows us to provide the local, cost-efficient, bandwidth efficient, and low latency cloud services our global partners demand,” Mr. Beloussov added.

All of Acronis solutions are designed to address the Five Vectors of Cyber Protection, ensuring the safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity, and security of an organisation’s data, applications, and systems.

“Organisations across the globe rely on data in a way they never have before, which means they need IT providers to be ready with effective, affordable solutions,” said Martin Robson, President and CEO of Robson Communications.

In early October, Acronis also announced the establishment of a new data center in Vancouver, Canada.

“The expansion of [Acronis’] data center network will help a lot more service providers around the world keep their clients productive and protected,” added Mr. Robson.

All Acronis data centers are said to meet the highest standards of digital and physical security, and feature redundant power and environmental controls to ensure constant 99.9% monthly availability.

“While reliance on cloud-based access to production data and controls has been increasing during the past several years, the pandemic accelerated its adoption worldwide among organizations,” said Phil Goodwin, Research Director at market research firm IDC.

Gartner has forecast the worldwide market for cloud management and security services will grow by more than 25% in the next two years.

“Developing a larger network of cloud data centers, especially in emerging markets, enables Acronis to cultivate new partners and customers who are actively seeking cloud-based data protection and security platforms and solutions,” added Mr. Goodwin.

Technavio also projected the global edge data center market will progress at a CAGR of almost 14% by 2024.

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Netskope welcomes cybersecurity experts to the team amid Asia Pacific expansion

Netskope, a leading security cloud provider, announced their expansion into Queensland and Northern Territory regions of Australia under the leadership of Michael Kontos, their new Regional Sales Manager.

As part of this expansion, Netskope has opened an office on Queen Street in the Brisbane central business district, where they will offer training and professional accreditation for partners and end-users.

“Michael is joining at a perfect time when we are seeing unprecedented demand for the Netskope Security Cloud platform across the region,” said Tony Burnside, Vice President for Asia Pacific at Netskope.

Mr. Kontos has ten years of experience in the industry, most recently with F5 Networks, where he served as Territory Account Manager for two years and Riverbed Technology prior to that. This appointment follows the recent addition of David Fairman, former CSO of National Australia Bank, as the newest member of Netskope’s CSO team.

“Enterprises throughout the Queensland and Northern Territory regions are benefiting from digital transformation and finding that this has precipitated a massive need to adapt their security programs,” said Mr. Kontos.

Three more team members have also been added to Netskope, including Richard Batchelar, coming from Datacom with more than 25 years of experience in the cybersecurity industry, and Shaun Chaney, coming from The Instillery with seven years of experience, joining as account team members in New Zealand.

Additionally, Michael Coleman joins from FireEye with over years of experience in the cybersecurity industry, as a channel manager in Sydney. And Brett Smith, coming from F5 Networks with more than 20 years of experience in the IT sector, joins the Solutions Architect team in Brisbane.

Recently, Netskope revealed more expansion plans into Asia Pacific, with three new data centers in India. The latest data centers will extend the private cloud security network into Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai to meet unprecedented demand in the country.

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