Giving companies a 'hacker’s eye view' of their vulnerability: Malaysia-UK partnership


Dato Larry and Alastair Paterson mod-horz 

Photo - (From left)  Dato' Larry Gan, Group Chief Executive Officer, Formis Resources Berhad; and Alastair Paterson, CEO, Digital Shadows


Omesti, part of Malaysian public-listed Formis Resources, will offer security monitoring services and solutions to Southeast Asia companies following its new international partnership with UK-based cyber security specialist Digital Shadows, said the new partners.

Dato' Larry Gan, group chief executive officer of Formis Resources, who is also chairman of the British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce, said the new partnership has been formed at an opportune moment when "sensitive and proprietary data belonging to organisations is under increasing threat from an ever-expanding trail of information exposed on the Internet by employees, suppliers and partners."

"The need for closer and more detailed monitoring has never been more critical as organisations work to regain control of their digital shadows and minimise the risk of targeted cyber attacks," said Gan.

"Our extensive presence across the Southeast Asia region will enable us to offer these specialist security solutions to top-tier companies looking to protect their data, systems and personnel against attack," he said.

Under the agreement, Omesti is to offer the full portfolio of Digital Shadows' solutions in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar. These solutions include Data Searchlight, Threat Searchlight, Brand Protect and VIP Protect.

Digital Shadows chief executive officer, Alastair Paterson, said, "We are delighted to be joining forces with Omesti, enabling us to reach a broader top-tier client base throughout Asia. Our partnership with Omesti will help clients gain a 'hacker's eye view' of their vulnerability, regain control of their digital shadows and mitigate the risks of confidential data loss through targeted cyber attack."

 Confidential information

Paterson said this move comes at a time when organisations are exposing more information than ever before through expanding supply chains, cloud-based storage systems and the widespread use of social networking. This can result in confidential information being leaked by accident or intentionally that cyber criminals then use to mount precision cyber-attacks.

He said Digital Shadows' technology and analytical experience would help companies to better understand and predict attacks across a range of incident types, which include detection of leaked customer data, confidential documents and code, as well as technical configurations, user names and passwords. Intelligence can also be gathered about current and planned cyber-attacks by hostile groups and associated operations.

In addition, Paterson said that Digital Shadows would monitor and manage defamation incidents, brand abuse, profile squatting and impersonation on social networks. Mapping of non-compliant employee social networking profiles and posts as well as monitoring of leaked software versions on social networks can also be conducted.

The portfolio of services from Digital Shadows also extends to mitigation of physical threats against individuals, as well as raising alerts on threats and protests at office premises or corporate events.

The sharp increase in incidents of this nature across the Southeast Asia region makes this partnership an important step forward in the fight against digital crime, he said.