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Digital security firm announces Asia expansion

Ross O. Storey | Jan. 23, 2009
Despite the economic downturn, global digital security company Gemalto has announced plans to expand in Asia.

Gemalto provides telecommunications, financial services, eGovernment identity and access management, plus IT security and mass transit systems for more than one billion people worldwide. In Singapore, the firm has some 1,000 employees, with 160 engineers engaged in research and development. MIS Asia editor Ross O. Storey, spoke to Ng Fook Seng, Gemalto's Senior Vice-President, Security Business Asia, about the firm's Asia plans.

What are the key reasons that Gemalto is expanding its Channel Partner Network to Asia?

As digital interactions continue to permeate our everyday lives, digital security plays a more important role than ever before around the world. Gemalto launched its Channel Partner Network to represent a community of partners that creates solutions and services based on secure platforms that make everyday digital interactions secure and easy. The network enables members to broaden their business opportunities through exchanging information and leveraging worldwide technical support from Gemalto for their local needs.

Since its successful implementation in Europe, the United States and Africa, there are currently more than 400 partners across the globe and growing.

Asia is a growing market with robust demand for wireless and digital security products and related applications. Therefore, by extending the success of Gemalto's Channel Partner Network to Asia, we aim to provide our partners with adequate support, enabling them to develop solutions that effectively meet customers' growing needs and demands.

How would you describe the current digital security environment in the Asia Pacific and has this been a factor in your decision to expand to Asia?

With the world's dependency on digital technology and the greater convergence of technologies, there has been exponential growth in opportunities, particularly in Asia.

Digital security threats remain a key concern for businesses and individuals and Gemalto has continuously invested to develop secure and user-friendly solutions for our customers to help safeguard personal identities, online assets and protect transactions.

In the area of banking, as an result of the growth in online transaction in recent years, online fraud has become more significant than before. The banks are adopting digital technology to combat online fraud to increase consumers' confidence in performing online transactions.

We can see that Government in Asia is actively driving implementation of the e-citizen services like e-identity card, e-driving license, e-passport and e-health card. We expect this to take place in counties like Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Australia.

Corporations in Asia are increasingly concerned about access entitlement and accountabilities. Solutions that address such needs combined with easier configuration for provisioning and de-provisioning rights will be in great demand. This is especially important when legislation on regulatory compliance tightens in the industries of government, finance and banking.


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