AIMS to aid SME security with IBM MSS rollout

  • Addresses need to help SMEs access enterprise grade security infrastructure
  • Security offerings from IBM span across multiple security domains

AIMS to aid SME security with IBM MSS rolloutTHE AIMS Group has announced a strategic alliance with IBM, to roll out the technology vendor’s Managed Security Services (MSS) in Malaysia.
The carrier-neutral data services provider will offer its existing and new customers a range of managed security services from IBM, in the areas of enterprise-level IT and security.
According to AIMS, this initiative addresses the need to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Malaysia access enterprise-grade security infrastructure services, delivered by security experts.
AIMS chief executive officer Chiew Kok Hin (pic) said that cyber-security is a serious business regardless of the company’s size, citing a Ponemon Institute study in 2013 which revealed a business could lose as much as US$136 per lost record of data in the event of a breach.
“However, enterprise level security can be too costly or hard to manage for an SME, which is why AIMS has teamed up with IBM to address this need,” he added.

The 2014 edition of the report noted that the cost increased more than 9% from US$136 in 2013 to US$145 this year.
Kris Lovejoy, general manager of IBM Worldwide Security Services, said that there’s “half a billion reasons why businesses need to prioritise data security.”
“Our research indicates that more than half a billion personal data such as name, credit card numbers and passwords were leaked in 2013 alone due to online security breaches. By introducing a cost competitive MSS, we hope to minimise the loss of data amongst businesses in Malaysia,” he added.
With this new partnership, AIMS’s clients will be able to select a managed security service that suits their business IT requirements, the two companies said.
“Our customers can now benefit from high-quality services and not have to invest in personnel or security infrastructure, opting for a one-stop service provider to manage their security infrastructure and security policies. 
“With MSS, customers will not only have world class enterprise level security but can expect to save up to 50% on the operation costs that an in-house security deployment and management will cost,” Chiew claimed.
Leveraging the IBM Security Framework, AIMS will offer the new MSS offering via a cloud-based Virtual Security Operations Centre (VSOC). This platform is touted to provide customers full transparency and insight into their environment as well as a view on normal usage patterns. 
“AIMS customers receive through IBM virtual support, the ability to integrate the necessary information to give a holistic view of the security surrounding their data assets.
“We will provide 24/7 technical expertise from our virtual team of technical experts that will be aided by IBM’s intelligence reports, which are constantly updated to reflect the ever-expanding cyber-security threats that happen every minute,” said Chiew.
Lovejoy said AIMS was chosen as a provider because it is a market leader in Malaysia, having built “an integrated ecosystem of various communities together with its diverse client portfolio ranging from large corporations, to SMEs across industries as diverse as aviation, hotel, telecommunication, financial services, online businesses, oil and gas, retail and content providers.”
The security offerings available span multiple security domains including vulnerability management, application scanning, network-based firewall, Intrusion Detection System/ Intrusion Prevention System (IDS/ IPS), Unified Threat Management (UTM), secure email/ web gateway, hosted security event and log management, web/ Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection, and Managed Security Information and Event Management (SIEM). 
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