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RSA Asia Pacific & Japan – Impressions and Conclusions

This year, RSA Asia Pacific & Japan, the world’s leading information security conference and exposition, held in Singapore, had more than 6,200 participants, with 26% more than the previous year. The event was a big success, having more than 85 speakers, 50 tracks sessions, tutorials and keynotes, and more than 100 exhibitors and sponsors.

CoSoSys attended as an exhibitor at the conference, represented by our colleagues: Carmen Oprita, from CoSoSys HQ and YS Tam, Regional Sales Manager at CoSoSys Far East, who did an amazing job presenting our latest Endpoint Protector updates and had live demos for the interested public. We want to send our warmest thoughts and special thanks to our dedicated partner, Halodata, which helped us to make the best of this event and was supportive as always.

A variety of companies’ delegates visited our stand, from countries like Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, and India, and from different sectors: banks, financial institutions, private schools and government. A high interest in Data Loss Prevention for Macs was noticed among the visitors at our booth who mentioned it is quite hard to find a good solution for this platform and their data protection policy had to cover Macs also. What they liked most about Endpoint Protector were the advanced content filtering capabilities and the detailed Reports & Analysis section. The majority were from financial institutions or banks. Endpoint Protector DLP for Mac OS X is composed of Device Control and Content Aware Protection modules protecting sensitive business information like credit card numbers, bank account numbers, or personally identifiable information, and others, against malicious data theft and unintentional data loss.

Check out this quick product video for Endpoint Protector Data Loss Prevention for Mac OS X.

An important reason for the high demand in Data Loss Prevention is the fact that in Singapore, there is a specific data security regulation – the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) that governs how data is collected, used and disclosed, similar to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) from Europe.
“The PDPA establishes a data protection law that comprises various rules governing the collection, use, disclosure and care of personal data. It recognizes both the rights of individuals to protect their personal data, including rights of access and correction, and the needs of organizations to collect, use or disclose personal data for legitimate and reasonable purposes.”
Source: Personal Data Protection Commission, Singapore

To help organizations become compliant with this regulation, Endpoint Protector solutions offer a layered defense by securing data on the most important workstations – laptops, desktops, servers, smartphones, and tablets. Start with the control of portable storage devices on Windows Mac OS X and Linux, add sensitive data scanning and blocking of data transfers to the cloud and online applications again, on Windows, Mac and Linux and finalize the implementation with the management of mobile devices on iOS and Android and you will have a solid DLP and MDM implementation.

Aside from the great experience on the exhibition floor, the conference had quite some interesting topics with the emphasis on insider threats and cybercrime. Below you can find some main RSA presentations that drew our attention:

Opening Address by Minister K Shanmugam, who talked about Home Affairs and Minister for Law’s national strategy to fight cybercrime by setting out the Singapore Government’s future plans, key principles, and priorities. See the entire speech here.

Are You Ready for A Breach?
Keynote held by Glenn Gunara-Chen, Executive Director – Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services, Ernst & Young Advisory Pte. Ltd., discussed cybercrime and what organizations should do in order to adequately address cyber-breaches. Watch the entire speech here.

Business Defence Managing the Insider Threat with Security Analytics
The keynote was held by Alex Taverner, Head of Cyber, Commercial Solutions – JAPAN, BAE Systems. The discussion focused on how Big Data, threat intelligence and analytics combined can help organizations defend against the insider threat. See the entire keynote here.

From our perspective RSA is totally worth attending, in Singapore, San Francisco or Abu Dhabi so make sure you register for future editions.
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