GovWare2018: a baffling variety of cyber security solutions in Singapore
GovWare2018 conference was held in September in Singapore. Our key finding in this event was that our world is full of magic pills that promise to solve all cyber security problems, and none of these pills are the same shape or color.
Each company has their own story and their own solution for the very same key issue, which is how to improve and maintain your cyber security posture. Therefore, for someone looking for a solution, it may seem that fixing your cyber security is a complex and costly ordeal, making them caution to take action.
Security is built one issue at a time
Today, total cybersecurity consists of many parallel issues, that each need to be tackled. There are solutions for network security, endpoint security, threat prevention and detection, email security, fraud prevention, identity management, honeypots and sandboxes. Some companies focus on the human aspect of security by raising security awareness, streamlining organizational procedures or training employees to spot phishing attempts. Even when the solutions focus on the same problem, they may take a different approach on how to solve it.
Also, the cyber security landscape evolves super-fast. Threats evolve, become more complex and the threat actors find new innovative ways to evade the defenses that have been built. The security solutions evolve at a similar speed to counter the attacks, inevitably leading to a complex mix of solutions. Known best practices in cyber security are needed, but at the same time cyber criminals know them too. It’s a constant race.
Action beats inaction
The variety of solutions is endless and same goes for the problems. For a customer, who is trying to find the one and simple solution to fix his/her security concerns for good, it’s a mission impossible. However, doing nothing is even worse so it’s imperative to act and improve constantly. You just have to find the right balance which fits with your security needs and goals. And after that key to success is to keep up with that level in the future as well. One presentation put it very well “Everybody has a cyber security strategy, until somebody punches you in the mouth”, so be prepared for this.
Fast threat detection with us and Arctic Security
Our main focus at the event was to showcase our newly published co-operation with Arctic Security. We have combined our forces to offer customers fully automated, real-time external threat detection capability with reasonable cost point. Arctic security provides threat intelligence platform compiled and personalized for different organizations, and we are providing the data sensor to monitor the traffic and detect the threats real-time. We are very proud and excited about our joint offering, and it was great to see our excitement shared with our booth visitors as well.
Big thanks to everyone who visited our booth during the exhibition.
South-east Asia a leader in cybersecurity
In south-east Asia, and especially in Singapore, the cybersecurity industry is booming. There is strong local industry, and local companies developing their own novel solutions and services. Singaporean government is well informed on cybersecurity matters and puts in strong efforts to enhance the national cybersecurity posture and the industry in this domain. Their action is partly driven by the biggest ever data breach which happened in July this year. In this breach, hackers stole health records of 1.5 million Singaporeans including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who was considered the main target of the attack.
Waving the flag of Finland
Singapore Cyber Week has grown to become the leading cyber security event in the region. Rugged Tooling joined the event in Finland pavilion, together with our strategic partner Arctic Security and our fellow companies Bittium, who provides reliable and secure connectivity and tactical solutions, and BaseN, who helps companies digitalize their industries using IoT based services.
We were honored to meet with several high-profile visitors, including ASEAN ministry delegations, cyber security delegation from EU and the ambassador of Finland. All official delegations were excited to see some Finnish high-end expertise in the event among usual big global brand names.
Unfortunately, general exhibitor attendance from EU region was low and only UK had their country pavilion at this event. Based on our experience, Singapore GovWare conference is definitely worth the effort and we hope to see more European solution providers joining us next year. There’s room to expand here!