Living In The Clouds? Keep Data Safe With Zero Trust
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Living In The Clouds? Keep Data Safe With Zero Trust

Stephen Mak, Vice President, Enterprise Sales, Asia And Japan, Blackberry
Stephen Mak, Vice President, Enterprise Sales, Asia And Japan, Blackberry

Stephen Mak, Vice President, Enterprise Sales, Asia And Japan, Blackberry










They are also facing an increasingly vulnerable and unpredictable landscape where trust is being eroded with every breach, leak and hack. On top of that, citizen confidence in governments is declining. An Accenture survey across six countries found that on average,62% of citizens are less confident today than 12 months ago in government’s ability to protect against cyber threats and attacks.

Keeping critical data safe, secure and compliant has never been more critical. Ensuring the data security and integrity of sensitive and personal data has become a top priority for governments and other organisations.

Setting a ‘Zero-Trust’ example in Malaysia

.Just recently, Cybersecurity Malaysia announced at the recent 11thCyber Security Malaysia - Awards, Conference and Exhibition that the agency has deployed BlackBerry software to protect the country’s most sensitive information.

Cybersecurity Malaysia, a national cybersecurity specialist agency under the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia (KKMM), partnered with BlackBerry to help mitigate sophisticated threat campaigns and potential breaches.

The zero-trust approach to security that BlackBerry employs provides a seamless and secure working environment for all agency staff, contractors and third-parties by encrypting documents with track and trace capabilities. This allows the granting and restricting of access to certain information and tracking on exactly who has received, opened or forwarded each document. Complete endpoint management and policy controls for diverse and growing fleets of devices and apps lay the strong foundation for a data protected and secure digital environment.

This aligns with sentiments recently shared with The Business Times in Singapore by Kok Ping Soon, Chief Executive of GovTech, who said that the way public agencies look at cybersecurity needs to change. Mr Kok says that what is needed in today's world is a ‘zero trust’ framework: "That means that depending on the device that you use, the connectivity that you have, the operating system of yours, and at what time you log in, I will grant you access differently. You need that level of sophistication. Then I'll be securing not just based on systems, but room by room, asset by asset."

Securing Asia’s Future

For Singapore and the ASEAN region to continue progressing towards its Smart Nation goals, information must be secured at every layer – device, software, application and network – to mitigate potential threats. If even a single, insignificant endpoint in a system is unprotected, nothing is secure. This is imperative not just for government agencies, but for any organisation, large or small, with a responsibility for handling data.

The road to a more digitally engaged nation will see the introduction and implementation of more devices, applications and new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML). This must be embraced, but secure design has to lie at the heart of every digital interaction.

At BlackBerry, security has been at the core of everything we do for over 35 years. We believe in a security-driven, zero-trust approach which is rooted in our commitment to empower governments and companies achieve security, privacy and control over their data.


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