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13 January 2017

See it once, stop it everywhere


In a fast-evolving Internet of Things (IoT) landscape where more than 50 billion devices are expected to be connected to the web by 2020, cybersecurity becomes an essential enabler for life and business in a Smart Nation such as Singapore.


The desire to build a resilient national infrastructure and a trusted cyber environment for individuals, organizations and transactions are keys in helping Singapore maintain its edge amidst digital disruption across the region, something we believe the framework from the new Cybersecurity Act in 2017 will help ensure.


In this digitally pervasive world, organizations aren’t the only one innovating—cyber criminals have become more advanced, too. The most important question business leaders can ask themselves is not what kind of cybersecurity solutions their organizations need, but what are they going to do differently.


Cisco believes in a threat-centric architectural approach to cybersecurity, because it allows intelligent solutions that “see it once, stop it everywhere”. This is especially important to the mobile, distributed nature of a Smart Nation. Worldwide, we are already connecting 30 million new devices to the Internet every single week.


The Cisco 2016 Annual Security Report revealed that only 45 percent of organizations worldwide are confident in their security posture as today’s malicious campaigns are more sophisticated, bold and resilient. Moving forward, we welcome the adoption of robust security protocols, as security becomes an essential pillar and enabler of a digital society and economy.



Security in the financial services industry


Security professionals in the financial services sector need to adapt faster than almost any other organization, as online criminals are constantly targeting this industry. The stakes are high. In 2015, the average cost of a successful data breach was US$3.79 million, according to the Ponemon Institute. Yet, we found that financial services firms are less likely to use cloud-based security tools than firms in other industries. Our survey shows that 28 percent of the organizations in other industries use cloud-based vulnerability scanning, compared with only 18 percent of financial services businesses.


In Singapore, where the e-commerce market is expected to be worth US$5.4 billion (S$7.46 billion) by 2025, fraud and cybercrimes can considerably undermine the economic growth throughout ASEAN. Considering the high stake in this industry, financial services security professionals should look at security strategy beyond fraud prevention—for example, more regular vulnerability scanning and penetration testing—to combat the increasingly sophisticated cases of fraud.



Security in the manufacturing sector


The announcement of security practices to address threats across the supply chain will remain an important focus, especially with ASEAN’s large manufacturing base. The region in particular is expected to see a high adoption of IoT— Machine-to-Machine (M2M) modules in the Asia Pacific is set to increase at 19 percent CAGR over the next five years to reach 5.2 billion connections by 2020 (Cisco VNI Report, 2016). Through the combination of smart sensor and network technologies, IoT stands at the forefront of the fast-transforming manufacturing sector, and with this rise of IoT adoption, each device is now a potential entry point for a network attack by hackers, criminals or insiders.


The increasingly pervasive use of 3-D printing has also redefined the importance of security; manufacturers will now need to have visibility across the network and the factory floor. This has forced security to evolve from a piecemeal, device-by-device basis to a more comprehensive approach, highlighting the ever-increasing need to enable protection for businesses before, during and after attacks.


Source: http://www.logasiamag.com/2017/01/see-stop-everywhere/