Gemalto's APAC Accelerate event was held in Da Nang, Vietnam from March 19-21, gathering together more than 70 Gemalto partners from across the region.
The event featured an array of keynotes and informational sessions that aimed to help partners think about ways that they can approach the current issues in cybersecurity.
“It is clear that many businesses, governments and other organizations are undertaking rapid digital transformations both how they operate and how they deliver services to their customers. That is why the theme of this year's event was ‘Drive the Transformation',” Gemalto enterprise - cybersecurity vice president of APAC sales Rana Gupta says in a post about the event.
“This digital transformation that is occurring across all industries has serious implications for the integrity and protection of data. More services are being built in the cloud, delivered from the cloud, and accessed from a growing number of mobile devices. Trust will be the key to the success of the digital revolution.
With the recent and ongoing media attention that cybersecurity is getting in the wake of breach notification legislation, compliance became a major topic for the event.
Countries all across APAC are beginning to introduce bills and laws that will affect the way that the channel will need to think about the offerings that they are supplying to end-users.
The local example is the Australian Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Act but India, the Philippines and Singapore are all investing time and resources into bringing their laws into line with the modern cyber environment.
“In addition to building new digital businesses, our customers must also manage the current realities of data breaches and security threats and building security strategies to address them,” Gupta continues.
“According to Gemalto's Breach Level Index, nearly 10 billion data records have been stolen or lost since 2013, and 2017 turned out to be a big year in terms of data breaches. Against these threats, our customers must also manage the growing number of compliance regulations and government data security mandates not only in countries across the APAC region but in others across the globe as well.
Of course, the Gemalto APAC partner awards were also held at the conclusion of the event.
While no Australian or New Zealand companies managed to grab an award, at least one company who operates across the region did - Exclusive Networks.
“I am very proud of the record growth we achieved with our channel partners in APAC last year and I look forward to the opportunities ahead in 2018 and beyond,” Gupta says.
“Our channel partners are key to our success and that is why we made significant investments to our program in 2017 to really accelerate our growth together.