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IT Modernization: Why Old Solutions Can’t Secure Today’s Environments




There’s a simple reason why organizations have recently experienced so many new vulnerabilities and breaches. Over the past year, organizations transformed their endpoint environment, and yet they continue to manage and secure their new environments using legacy tools designed for legacy environments.

What’s changed in the modern endpoint environment

Historically, endpoint environments were relatively small, static, and predictable. They were filled with endpoints that were provisioned by IT and which lived on-premises.

But over the past year, organizations have:

Moved from a majority on-premises environment to a mostly distributed workforce. According to findings from the Pew Research Center, 71% of employees have continued to perform most of their work at home all or most of the time, compared to just 20% pre-pandemic.
Dissolved their perimeters. Organizations spent more than a decade building defense-in-depth around their on-premises workforce. Yet, that perimeter was only designed to manage and secure endpoints within its walls and became largely ineffective as soon as users and their endpoints left the office.
Flooded their environment with new endpoints, data, and connections. After COVID-19, according to recent research from Statistica, organizations increased their volume of heavily used devices by 11%, increased the volume of sensitive data stored on their devices by 62%, and adopted 176% more collaboration apps.

Despite making these major changes to their environments, many organizations continue to manage and secure their endpoints using legacy tools that were designed for their old environments — with unfortunate results.

Why you can’t apply legacy tools to modern environments

To be clear, there is nothing fundamentally wrong with legacy endpoint tools. Yesterday’s endpoint tools worked well in yesterday’s endpoint environment.

But when these tools are applied to today’s environment, they typically fail to perform fundamental endpoint management and security tasks. Specifically, these tools fail across a few critical points:

They can’t easily manage and secure large, evolving environments filled with distributed endpoints.

Most legacy tools are built on a hub-and-spoke architecture that requires dozens or hundreds of staging servers to perform simple endpoint management and security tasks. This structure prevents them from scaling quickly alongside rapidly changing networks and forces them to consume a high amount of bandwidth to scan and apply security controls to large, distributed networks. Organizations commonly don’t have this bandwidth to spare, creating visibility gaps and low levels of compliance with simple controls.

They can’t deliver the endpoint data that organizations need when they need it. Most legacy tools utilize centralized data collection and instrumentation. Every time they want to analyze endpoint data, they must first pull all that data from the network and store it in a central repository. But today’s sprawling endpoint environments produce more data than legacy tools can quickly centralize. With legacy tools, organizations can no longer collect, store, and analyze endpoint data in a useable manner, and must make endpoint management and security decisions based on limited, stale data sets.

These tools make endpoint management and security needlessly complex and costly. Most legacy tools were designed to solve a single, specific problem. This design commonly forces organizations to adopt a new point tool every time they bring a new asset type or vulnerability into their environment. These point tools don’t work well together and create increasing complexity. The Ponemon Cyber Resilience Study recently found that 63% of security teams are spending more time managing their tools than they spend combating threats, and 53% believe their excess volume of tools is actually making their security posture worse.

These are not small points of failure. They suggest a fundamental mismatch between legacy tools and modern environments.

The problems legacy tools are creating

To see how this fundamental mismatch might be playing out in the real world, we surveyed hundreds of technology leaders about their endpoint management and security tools and how they were

performing. We learned that:

Technology leaders have dozens of endpoint tools. Most technology leaders (70%) are using 11 to more than 50 tools to manage and secure their endpoints. Nearly half (46%) are using more than 20 tools, and 20% are using more than 30 tools. Four percent of respondents don’t know how many tools they’re using.
Those tools aren’t effective. Many technology leaders aren’t collecting the accurate, real-time security data they need to assess and reduce their risk. Respondents stated that their three most challenging risk-related tasks were gaining real-time visibility into data (88%), combining data from legacy on-premises and cloud infrastructure (79%), and deriving accurate data (77%).
It’s time for new, modern endpoint tools. More than half of respondents (53%) are somewhat or extremely likely to rethink their point tools and consolidate their endpoint management and security tools in 2021. Further, 59% of respondents believe their legacy, on-premises infrastructure poses a major challenge to managing distributed endpoints, and 62% believe IT must modernize these tools and move endpoint capabilities to the cloud.Legacy tools can’t manage or secure today’s new environments. They’re creating problems that are contributing to — if not outright causing — the increase in breaches and vulnerabilities that we have seen over the past year.

Modernization doesn’t have to be complicated. Technology leaders must simply replace their legacy endpoint tools with modern endpoint tools designed to perform management and security within today’s new environments.

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Bangladesh’s Smartphone City Gathers Chinese Manufacturers




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DHAKA, July 21 (Xinhua) — Kohinoor Akhter Shikha never thought that someday she could make smartphones in her neighborhood well known as Bangladesh’s textile industry hub.

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Scaling One Peak After Another





Cloudera has appointed Remus Lim as vice president of Asia Pacific and Japan, to drive adoption of the hybrid data platform across the region and support customers in their journey to become more data-driven. We’ve asked him to share his vision for Cloudera in APAC and reflect on his past few months since taking up the mantle.

What drew you to the tech space and attracted you to the roles you’ve held? 

Being able to uncover the full potential of what tech can do has always been an aspect that excites me. The latest developments in the cloud space are pushing existing boundaries, especially now with how machine learning and AI are transforming business intelligence. The tech space evolves so rapidly that it’s impossible to remain static.

Having spent over two decades in the industry, it has been fulfilling to see how the data and analytics solutions we deliver are helping customers realize their business outcomes.Each journey that we embark on with our customers, reaching one project milestone after another until the vision and strategy become reality, gives me a great sense of achievement.   

Why did you choose Cloudera as your latest destination? What was your impression of the company before you joined and was it any different after you started?

Open source reinforces ecosystem growth, and drives adoption and innovation. That was my impression before I joined Cloudera. Was it any different after I started? Absolutely! The pace of innovation is way faster than I expected.

What was your first order of business when you took over as vice president of APAC? 

Rally the team towards Cloudera’s next phase! We are out on our multi-function hybrid data platform journey with our customers and partners, focused on driving great business outcomes.

Exploring new opportunities, such as cloud native, is an exciting venture for us.

We are renewing our commitment to the channel by decentralizing our channels team so our channel strategy is more closely aligned to each market.. 

Working alongside capable leaders to steer high-performing teams is also essential in driving overall growth for the region. Wing Leong Ho has been promoted to vice president of solutions engineering in Asia Pacific, and the team collaborates closely to ensure that our customers are successful. 

Wee Tee Lim is the newest addition to our team and he now leads the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) region, which I was responsible for previously. Wee Tee has a strong solution sales background and is extremely customer focused. I am excited to have him on board to lead our ASEAN team.

I find it important for leaders to have a clear sense of what’s on the ground, and also for the team to be aware of our progress. I’m very focused on making sure the teams have a holistic perspective of the work we do. 

As we have adopted a hybrid working mode, there are now more frequent and direct communications among my team on focus areas and opportunities for the quarter. Constant communication and validation through data keep us working together seamlessly while celebrating customer wins across teams and sustaining our momentum. 

What are your plans for Cloudera in the region, and what are the top priority projects that you will be starting or leading?

Now that borders are open I’ve been spending time connecting with team members in person. Visiting our different offices gives me a clearer picture of the landscape in which our business operates, from cultural nuances to regulations. Interacting with customers face to face also paves the way for a better working relationship as we develop a more intimate understanding of their goals and how we can work together to achieve them. 

Our ultimate aim is to make data and analytics easy and accessible for everyone, and you’ll see new products from us in the coming months that bring this into view for medium-sized companies and cloud native businesses. 

It’s common for businesses to think that they will have to sacrifice performance if they choose to be cost efficient, or to forgo control when they opt to move at speed. We believe that with the Cloudera Data Platform we can help customers drive value with both performance and cost efficiency, while fueling growth with speed and control.     

Can you share more about the trends you are seeing in the cloud space and how Cloudera can tap onto these trends?

Data volumes and data sources continue to expand at breakneck speed. This influx demands a greater emphasis on leveraging data, and we anticipate that this will accelerate the adoption of a hybrid, multi-cloud approach to APAC businesses. The future data ecosystem should leverage distributed data management components, on multiple clouds and/or on-premises, that operate as a cohesive whole with a high degree of automation. 

At Cloudera, we deliver multi-function data analytics integrated with secure and governed data management, for hybrid and multi-cloud data, that is open and extensible and operates as a cohesive system. Being the only hybrid data platform that supports modern data architectures places us in the best position to support enterprises in transforming complex data into actionable insights to become more data-driven.

As enterprises identify more use cases for their data, democratizing access to data and enabling a low-code or no-code approach to data and analytics will be a fit for these needs. 

What are your hobbies, and what do you do to recharge?

Like many others, I acquired new hobbies during the “stay home” pandemic. I’m proud to say that I have amassed quite an impressive collection of rare plants including some varieties like the variegated Monstera, Florida ghost, Philodendron Gloriosum, etc. I adopted three cats during the pandemic, a Bengal, a Siberian, and a Maine Coon, and set up a new aquatic tank. My wife is glad that I’m not stuck at home anymore!

Before the pandemic changed nearly everything, I would frequently go on hikes overseas around the Himalayas region in places like Nepal, Ladakh, and China. In fact, adventure invigorates me, because every trip is different and it does not always go as planned. That’s the fun of it.

After seeing Nepalese mountaineer Nirmal Purja share his story of scaling 14 peaks, I’m even more inspired! 

As the VP of APAC, you must be very busy. How do you maintain balance between family and work?

It might be easy to lose sight of the boundaries between life and work, even more so if you’re passionate about what you do. Outside of working hours I make it a point to be present when I’m spending time with my family. There are some regular activities we do together, such as attending musicals and art exhibitions. We are art lovers and strong supporters of local artists.

It also helps to have a partner who is aligned on family commitments and who has a shared understanding. This goes a long way in ensuring that both of us can pursue our career aspirations while nurturing our family. 

The Unplug Days at Cloudera, which happen every few weeks, give me more leeway for personal time outside of work, and I treasure having these extra moments with my family. 

In your opinion, what are the traits of an effective leader? 

People follow leaders who they can trust and who can lead them out of adversity. Mountaineers have always inspired me in the way they are fearless in facing challenges, calm when navigating uncertainty, and stellar at mastering teamwork. Once they have scaled one peak, they are ready to conquer the next. 

I believe in leading by example and forging a clear path for the team. Leaders must be decisive even as the conditions shift, and muster the courage to make a judgment call. We shouldn’t shy away from making tough decisions because we are afraid to fail, and I encourage my team to have this same mindset. This is only possible if leaders create a safe environment for their teams to realize their potential, built on a strong foundation of trust.

Trust is paramount in the workplace, especially in this hybrid work environment. Managers need to set clear goals and expectations, while providing employees autonomy to raise morale, collaboration, and productivity. Two-way communication is key and it is where I will discover insights for me to grow as a leader too.

We all know that “change is the only constant,” and the fast-paced tech sector means we must always think on our feet. Speed is of the essence and we need to be able to adapt and evolve to the environment to remain relevant. This applies to both work and life. 

Cloudera is hiring for roles across the APAC region. To join our stellar team, refer to opportunities at

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Protecting Your Supply Chain With Data-Aware Security





In a previous article, we talked about the need for organizations to secure data wherever it resides. The complexity of today’s supply chains brings that need into sharp focus, while highlighting some of the challenges of successfully protecting data.

Many organizations today depend on a complex web of partners, vendors, and suppliers to run their business. As the size and complexity of the digital supply chain grows, so does an organization’s vulnerability.

One need only look at the infamous Target breach of 2014, which exposed the data of nearly 110 million individuals due to a backdoor that a contractor inadvertently created, to realize that an organization is only as secure as the weakest link in its supply chain.

The scope of this problem is serious enough that it has gotten the attention of the US government’s Department of Commerce, which released new guidelines for addressing cybersecurity supply chain risk in May 2022.  

The bottom line? If organizations are going to be sharing sensitive data with an extended supply chain, they need to take the proper steps to do so in a secure manner. 

“Collaboration within and across company boundaries is pushing sensitive data around the globe at record speed, which means that securing how data is used, shared, and created is just as important as how it’s accessed. At Skyhigh Security, we protect your critical data anywhere you do business,” said Anand Ramanathan, Chief Product Officer, Skyhigh Security.

Securing the cloud

To collaborate across the extended enterprise, many organizations have turned to the cloud. It’s not uncommon to create a link to content in a system that can easily be shared with a third-party contractor or supplier, or to invite them to be a member of a specific Teams group or Slack channel.

Those collaboration models are all fine and well, but what are the security implications?

First and foremost, the security professionals at organizations need comprehensive visibility into who has access to a particular set of sensitive data that is made available through a cloud solution. Not only who has access, but what level of access they have, what they are doing with the sensitive data when they interact with it, and whether their access can easily be revoked once the project comes to an end or circumstances change.

“Skyhigh Security’s solutions help data protection professionals gain visibility into what data’s being shared with the larger supply chain, while better understanding dataflows and ensuring adherence to security policies,” said Ramanathan.

Don’t forget internal applications

Securing the supply chain is further complicated by the fact that partners and vendors often need access to any number of an organization’s internal, proprietary applications. Historically, access has been managed by requiring third parties to work on the official company network or to work on a company-issued device.

In today’s hybrid work model, where people are just as likely working from home on a personal device as from an office, that approach doesn’t work. The new model is all about working from anywhere and working from any device – while having the right security controls in place to allow third parties to access internal applications.

Manage the risk

The simple fact is that partners and suppliers need access to an organization’s data in order to be productive. It’s up to organizations to make sure they’re managing the risk that comes with sharing sensitive data with their supply chain.

“While malware gets most of the attention in the public imagination, users remain a bigger risk when it comes to security. Organizations don’t just have their own users to worry about, but the users in their entire supply chain. Skyhigh Security has an approach that follows data and users wherever they are, inside and outside the organization,” said Ramanathan.

Data that resides across an extended supply chain requires a new approach to security. To minimize risk, CIOs and CISOs should ensure that they have full visibility into their data, regardless of whether it resides in the cloud or in a proprietary system, as well as the ability to effectively govern and secure that data – all without hampering their ability to seamlessly collaborate with the vendors, suppliers, and other third parties that they rely on to get business done.

For additional details about data-aware security, click here. 

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