By Rizal Raoul Reyes
With the recent cyber attacks against local banks, an official of a 100-percent Filipino technology company stressed that companies whether big or small must not put security in the backburner.
?Our mindsets have to change because technology is always changing,? Jerry Rapes, managing director of Amihan Global Technologies, said in a media roundtable held on June 22 in Makati City.
Rapes said cost has been always the main challenge particularly for the smaller-medium enterprises in putting up cyber security infrastructure. If the SMEs find it expensive, Rapes said the SMEs will just assume the risks and attack the problem later.
Nevertheless, he warned adopting a reactive approach would be harmful to a small enterprise because it will cause disruption to their business activities.
He said Amihan is aware of the situation and is offering the market a subscription-based model to enable local companies to develop their cyber security network at their own pace. ?Our objective at some point is to offer this as a managed service,? Rapes said.
?Even smaller companies can get protection now because they can subscribe to our service. We have a partner named Cloudflare which essentially delivers content to a large sector of the World Wide Web and its subscription. If you get to a point that you can operate as a managed service, even the small companies subscribe to it,? Rapes added.
Aside from awareness, Rapes said enterprises must deploy big data and analytics as new weapons to detect, deflect, and deter cyber attacks before substantial damage is done.
He added deployment of a cybersecurity network requires a comprehensive solution to ensure the business is protected. In response, he said the company developed the Amihan Shield, a tool for end-to-end monitoring and analysis of cybersecurity threats, powered by best-in-class cybersecurity technology providers Cloudflare and Anomali.
?Digital transformation requires end-to-end execution of infrastructure that brings together innovation, cyber protection and trust,? said Amihan executive chairman and software guru Winston Damarillo in a press statement. ?The Amihan Cyber Resilience Suite of Cloud Blocks, Unawa and Shield accelerates our customer?s journey into cyber commerce.?
Rapes said the partnership with Cloudflare provides protection from online threats ranging from comment spam to malicious denial of service (DOS) attacks.