Identity management in an era of digital disruption: exclusive

Asia Pacific CIOs report that enterprise security concerns remains one of the top three barriers to cloud and DX.

By AvantiKumar
Nov. 14, 2016

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According to Gartner,  CIOs in the Asia Pacific and Japan  region continue to report that security concerns remains one of the top three barriers they face when seeking growth using cloud and digital transformation or DX.

DX, a term first coined by IDC, is the new normal said the ICT market research company, which also said that by the end of 2017, 60 percent of APAC 1000 enterprises will have DX at the centre of their corporate strategy.

These findings were cited by visiting executives from cloud and data management company Oracle during a gathering of their customers in Kuala Lumpur recently to discuss digitisation strategies.

Computerworld Malaysia singled out identity management in an exclusive interview with Royce Teoh, head of digital security for Oracle ASEAN & SAGE (pic below), who is responsible for enterprise security.

Teoh first outlined some findings from conversations with customers in Malaysia and immediate region. "The security issue is rising in the current wave of digitisation or DX.

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Photo - Royce Teoh, Head of Digital Security, Oracle ASEAN & SAGE

"This is because one result of digital disruption is that employees, applications and enterprise business processes - all of which used to sit comfortably behind the network wall - are all moving outward from the organisation to embrace mobile, big data, IoT, social, and digital technologies," Teoh said.

Protecting the crown jewels

"This means that 'perimeter security' and the old world - of firewalls, network security and controlled network access via the VPN - is no longer enough," he said."

"And so, while digital transformation and cloud promise to change the way businesses run, they also presents significant challenges relating to information security and privacy," said Teoh.
What is more relevant, especially to enterprise, is an end to end, multi-layered management to better protect a company's 'crown jewels,' he added.

"With the rapid and real advent of the cloud in Malaysia and the region as a whole, an application based service such as identity management will better help companies successfully push into the cloud," said Teoh.

He mentioned IDC, in a new whitepaper on the topic, said that Identity Cloud Service (IDCS) is "a natural evolution of our technology" and was now "also a key requirement for success as companies transform themselves in order to embrace the new digital world."

"This is because what is needed is a people centric security approach, bringing in other concepts like context aware authentication and an automated response," said Teoh, adding that identity management as a service [IDaaS] has been targeted towards applications to better help companies protect data with context aware authentication.

Nobody is a closed island

"Protecting customer data and privacy, for instance, is even more critical with Malaysia's recent PDPA legislation," he said, outlining some different IDaaS implementations for different cloud scenarios.

"Our approach to identity management, for instance, in incorporates difference layers of defence and depth," said Teoh, adding that the company is also involved with driving the evolution of standards
He said companies - especially in the FSI (financial services industry), government, logistics and services verticals - see this as a security enabler that also helps to overcome lack of security talent, skills and resources.

"Security can be a business opportunity maker," added Teoh. "Security can be an attractor as a competitive differentiator in these days when nobody can be a closed island."

Stumbling blocks

During an earlier media briefing, Oracle Malaysia's new managing director Fitri Abdullah confirmed an increased interest in cloud computing in Malaysia. "Cloud is seen as a generational shift and a new business model."

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