IDC to hold Asean IT security confab in PH on Oct. 15

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By Edu Lopez Analyst firm IDC has announced that it will host the Asean IT Security Conference 2015 on Thursday, Oct. 15, at the New World Hotel in Makati City. [caption id="attachment_26177" align="aligncenter" width="573"]Photo credit: ITU.int Photo credit: ITU.int[/caption] Solution providers and senior IT executives across industries are expected to attend the conference where they will share ideas on how security can continue to be an integral part of the future of IT and the steps organizations need to take to be able to leverage on this new technological era. With the 3rd Platform and its innovation accelerators not only disrupting industries but also creating growth opportunities, IDC says that having a holistic and strategic approach toward IT security is paramount for the success of organizations moving forward. IT security is still very much a buzzword in today’s Philippine ICT market. However, the industry is in a transition phase where 3rd Platform technologies ? which include cloud, mobility, Big Data, and analytics, and social as well as the six innovation accelerators of Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, virtual and augmented reality, 3D printing, cognitive computing, and next-generation security ? are creating new models of consumption, business/monetization, and operation. IDC says IT security and protection play a very critical role in the information technology equation. The IT infrastructure is under constant attack from a variety of players, from mischief-makers to nation-states and everyone in between. The cybercrime environment has evolved from quick smash-and-grab tactics to the more refined “long-con” ? criminal organizations and mercenaries for hire that create specialized malware that is targeted, polymorphic, and dynamic. Jubert Alberto, country lead at IDC Philippines, says enterprises and organizations are engaged in a constant arms race with the attacking elements, and generally, the perception is that the offense is winning. ?Enterprises have been responding to threats by increasing spending on the newest security products and services. However, IT security decisions should be made with a better understanding of the existing trends and opportunities.? ?The growth in security products and solutions is shifting from being a reactive model to one that is proactive. The 3rd Platform is now changing the approach to security from a fortress mentality to a ‘bottom up’ challenge,” says Alberto. IDC says security is “everyone’s business” and is an important component of any organization’s day-to-day activities. CIOs and ICT decision-makers stressed that “innovation + security” is the key to thriving in the new era of hyper-connecitivity and hyper-competition, especially with the Asean Economic Community (AEC) integration looming in the background. IDC urged Philippine organizations to look at building countermeasure platforms built on analytics for a more comprehensive security-related intelligence as well as push for enterprise-wide information inventory and testing and verification of security preparedness. ]]>

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