Asia’s leading telecommunications technology group, Singtel, has announced a strategic partnership with Zscaler, Inc., the leader in cloud security, to offer revolutionary Security Service Edge (SSE) solutions in Asia. This partnership marks a significant milestone for the region, as enterprises of all sizes will now have seamless access to Zscaler’s cutting-edge Zero Trust Exchange™ platform through Singtel’s Managed Security Service Edge (MSSE) suite of services.

Singtel’s MSSE suite offers comprehensive support, from pre-sales to post-sales, with dedicated cybersecurity experts providing resources such as platform consultation, build implementation, maintenance, and round-the-clock threat mitigation. Mr. Lim Seng Kong, Managing Director of Singtel Enterprise Business, expressed excitement about the collaboration, stating that it represents a key strategy to expand the company’s presence across the Asia Pacific.

“As the leading cybersecurity services provider in the region, we provide maximum security to users, workloads, and devices over any network from any location through our wide portfolio of comprehensive services,” said Mr. Lim Seng Kong. “With our partner, Zscaler, we’ll be able to provide more dedicated, holistic managed security services, which will help our customers bolster cyber resilience.”

In today’s digital age, the pace of enterprise digitalization continues to accelerate, presenting both opportunities and challenges. The Cyber Security Agency of Singapore reported a surge in cyber threats worldwide in 2022, with cyberattacks becoming increasingly prevalent and sophisticated. In response to these challenges, Zscaler’s Zero Trust Exchange™ platform implements Zero Trust principles, emphasizing that no user or application should be trusted by default. This approach strengthens the digital security of enterprises by implementing strict controls and verification mechanisms.

Through the partnership with Singtel’s MSSE, businesses across Asia impacted by insufficient in-house resources or skillsets can now access an all-in-one digital security solution. This robust offering helps protect their digital assets against the growing landscape of cyber threats.

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Mr. Foad Farrokhnia, Head of Channel & Alliances, Asia Pacific & Japan at Zscaler, shared insights into the partnership’s shared goal: “Both Zscaler and Singtel have a common goal – to offer our enterprise customers a simple, scalable, and managed security solution in the cloud that addresses cyber risk and intrusion incidents, enabling organizations to have peace of mind to focus on their core business.”

The Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange™, which Singtel’s MSSE is built on, processes an astounding 300 billion transactions and blocks around 150 million daily threats and rule violations. Leveraging Zscaler’s cloud-native platform helps customers reduce costs and complexity in their security stack, delivering rapid access to required applications from anywhere, thus enhancing the user experience.

As cyberattacks continue to rank among the world’s fastest-growing crimes, the consequences extend beyond financial losses. Organizations face reputational damage, while compromised consumer data may result in strict regulations and costly settlements. According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center 2022 Internet Crime Report, the agency received over 800,000 cybercrime-related complaints in 2022, totaling losses of over $10 billion.

In response to the global cybersecurity talent shortage, enterprises can leverage Singtel’s resources and expertise as a trusted Managed Security Services Provider of Zscaler’s solutions. The collaboration between Singtel and Zscaler empowers businesses to stay ahead of cyber threats while focusing on innovation and growth in an increasingly digital world.

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