By Krish Arani, Vice President and Managing Director, NetApp East Asia




2015 was a year marred with several high profile cyber breaches. Global websites were hacked and scores of terabytes of valuable data were released to the world. As a result, there has never been a more pertinent time for the need for a solid and all-encompassing cybersecurity solution, with protection and security of data at the core of managing data in its entire lifecycle.


Singapore has one of the highest Internet penetration figures globally, and in October of last year the Government stated that up to 10 percent of Singapore’s IT budget will be spent on upgrading cybersecurity measures and urged private companies to follow in its footsteps. Our advice to customers has typically been to work with a trusted cloud service provider (CSP) who is able to offer robust security measures. In this day and age, it is imperative for companies to be adequately prepared with the necessary counter measures in the face of cyber-attacks.


Here are the top 3 characteristics we recommend to look out for when identifying a trusted CSP:

  • Successful track record – positive customer testimonials, similar deployments and experience carry more weight than cost effective solutions
  • Strong technical expertise – ensure data protection and security is a priority for the provider and your cloud architecture is designed equally for optimal performance and security
  • Strategic partnerships – your cloud service provider should be able to scale with you and thus strong tech partnerships are crucial to the overall solution

With the capability of today’s technology, no company should have to find out about a data breach from the headlines. Instead, with the right solutions in place, you should be able to predict, preempt and even prevent critical damage to your IT infrastructure and ensure minimal downtime for your organization.


A strong and secure cybersecurity framework requires proactivity and incident response management is a shared responsibility with cloud service providers and the customer.


In the next part of this blog series, I will hand over to Rick Scurfield, President of NetApp APAC, will share more about busting the myths of data security in the cloud

Krishna Arani