More than 250 information security (infosecurity) officers in Singapore thronged the conference and exhibition rooms of the Computerworld Security Singapore 2014 at the Marina Bay Sands on Tuesday (April 9, 2014) for deep discussions with their peers and other top technology practitioners from across the globe on all things to do with keeping their enterprises safe and their business risks minimal.
Speakers and delegates delved together into broad issues of infosecurity, covering trends in breaches and threats currently facing enterprises today, policy-making on a national and transnational scale as well as within the individual global business, and technologies used to enhance the impact of holistic security management efforts of deploying organisations. Technologies, technology deployment models or paradigms either dealt with at length or tangentially re their impact on enterprise security for now and in the near future include: digital devices, including smart devices and their software aspects; social media; Big Data; enterprise application stores; supply chain management; Cloud service brokerages; personal cloud infrastructures; in-memory computing; the Internet of Things; digital money; and, Cyber havens for data hosting with lighter regulation than most.
Delivering the keynote was Gerry Chng, Partner, Ernst & Young Advisory (Singapore), who put forward a case for a fundamental change in the way we should all view infosecurity-that the conventional wisdom most use today to protect their enterprises do not work well enough, and that a well-directed and coordinated enterprise-wide effort using a strong framework is the only means to gain the most secure organisation achievable. After him came: Daniel Phuan of Check Point Software Technogies; Alan Seow of the Ministry of Communications & Information of Singapore; David Siah of the Cloud Security Alliance; Corey Nachreiner of WatchGuard Technologies; Lee Han Ther of BAT Asia Pacific; Wana Tun of Sophos NSG Asia; and, Winston Chew of Barclays. Ample case studies were shared throughout the programme.
And three recent failure stories-those of Mt Gox, Target and Sally Beauty Holdings-provided the starting point for the panel discussion, How to avoid being another reference case, wherein Chng provided industry insights and Lee the enterprise infosecurity officer’s inside view on the difficult complexities of his job. The Computerworld Malaysia edition of the show is scheduled to be held on Thursday (April 10, 2014) at the Hilton Kuala Lumpur.