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    • Helping yourorganisationgrow in China3 whitepapers to help you understandthe challenges you may face Working and Winning Together with Local Partnerships Security and the Speed of Change Balancing Growth and Impact
    • Helping your organisation grow in China Security and the Speed of Change How multinationals can grow their business safely in Asia In 2008, sports car maker Ferrari hit a new record in Asia. That year, despite the gloom of the global recession, Ferrari sold 20% more cars in China than before the crisis. Even as the financial turmoil deepened, local sales held steady, before it surged 50% last year. In a blink of an eye, China has moved up the high-class auto race, becoming Ferrari’s biggest market, second only to the US. Today, for every 10 Ferraris sold worldwide, three go to China. Around China, this astounding growth in the luxury sector is only eclipsed by even more massive rise in demand in the mainstream market, as break-neck business expansion spreads across all industries. China’s growth momentum seemed unstoppable indeed. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), when global GDP dropped less than one percent during that time, China’s GDP grew by 9.2%, which was just shy below its pre-crisis 9.7% GDP. When global GDP dropped As a result, China not only boosted Asia’s continued robust growth as a region, but also played less than one a critical role in the overall global economic recovery. Even with the threat of yet another percent during global crisis, with the US and Europe debt issues, China looked set for long-term growth with that time, annual GDP to stay around 9%. China’s GDP Today, more than 30% of the Forbes 500 companies are headquartered in Asia, and a few are grew by 9.2% even moving their global headquarters into the region, particularly in China.4 BT China Thought Leadership
    • In a customer survey conducted by BT in 2009, more than 80% of its largest customers byrevenue said they plan to expand in Asia, particularly in front office, distribution and sales,as well as back office and production, and R&D. More than 80% of its largestWhile Greater China and India were the overwhelming top choices, many global companies customers bysaid they also plan to invest more across the region, particularly in Singapore, South Korea, revenue saidVietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Australia and Malaysia. they plan to expand in AsiaAs a result of this dynamic shift, the decisions of multinationals are also being fundamentallyre-shaped. Today, many of the regional CIOs, especially from Asia, are becoming increasinglyautonomous and influential. Their role in the organisation has also become even more criticalas companies rely heavily on technology and network infrastructure to support growth.With big growth often comes bigger risksThis is why many CIOs are focusing on ensuring their business grows safely into the future inChina and across Asia. This is by no means an easy task. This August, there was explosive newsabout an alleged five-year long campaign of cyber attacks on governments, organisationsand businesses.While no one was identified as key perpetrator, speculations pointed to China, which has longbeen linked to news about hacking and other security breaches, including the recent attackson Google emails within and outside China as well as foreign governments.China has always denied links to cyber attacks, saying the country itself has suffered fromattacks and has taken increased security measures. This is partly why there has been closescrutiny of public data, which other sectors have decried as censorship - although corporatedata remains mostly private.Around the world, the fact remains that security threats are escalating. According to Gartner’sTop IT Predictions for 2011-2015 report, there is likely to be “a multi-nodal online attack,targeting multi-systems for maximum impact, for example financial systems, physical According tooperations and mobile communications that will disrupt and damage a G20 nation’s critical Gartner’s Topinfrastructure by 2015.” IT Predictions for 2011-2015Furthermore, a report by CIO Insight in May, outlined the top security concerns of 2011, report, therewhich include viruses and spyware, email-borne threats, spam, social threats, smartphone is likely to beconnectivity, phishing, dangerous browsing, employee trustworthiness, apps proliferation andthe rise of tablet computing. “a multi-nodal online attack thatIn addition to these issues, multinationals face unique security challenges, particularly in will disrupt andChina. Today, for example, there are still regulatory issues controlling the import of security damage a G20solutions into China, which means world-class solutions are not always readily available. nation’s critical infrastructure by 2015.” BT China Thought Leadership 5
    • Also, some CIOs usually equate security with cost, which can lead them to resort to Do-It- Yourself (DIY) approach when it comes to technology solutions or network infrastructure. Indeed, the biggest obstacle seemed to be mindset, as security is sometimes viewed as a business “disabler”, and therefore is less of a priority compared to business sales. This is gradually changing as more multinationals bring their global best practices on security to the local markets. As they expand into more markets in Asia, especially China, they are securing data through their main IT hubs, and vigilantly monitoring threats and building up defense to protect critical data, which are increasingly accessed through mobile and the web. Technology as the enabler BT has the The rise of Cloud Computing and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) has also provided a lot of biggest dedicated advantage to global companies, especially when it comes to security solutions. This helps them not only to save cost and manage regulatory issues, but also quickly acquire the latest security practice technologies and share them across the organisation. communities in the world Multinationals are also finding that a globally trusted partner like BT can help them to navigate the path to grow their business safely in Asia. Today, BT has the biggest dedicated security practice communities in the world, with more than 1,300 consultants, engineers, architects and designers. For BT, security is central to the company’s culture and what it does - protecting billions of dollars in customer assets, as well as its own. Globally, BT delivers a world-class portfolio of managed and professional security services, which serve small businesses to global multi- nationals to major government organisations. Security alliances span over 100 leading security partners, such as CheckPoint, Blue Coat, Crossbeam, IBM ISS, McAfee, EMC/RSA, Microsoft, Oracle/Sun, Juniper, Cisco Systems, HP, Websense, ActivIdentity and Symantec. BT also has world-class pioneering BCM framework compliant with best practice BS25999 standards, as well as BS 2700/ISO17799 and SAS70-11 accreditation, and is the first BT is the first commercial organisation to become a member of the Computer Emergency Response Team commercial (CERT) as well as a member of the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST). organisation to become a member BT itself is proof of how a global company can grow their business strongly and safely. As it of the Computer prepares to further expand into China’s inner cities, the company relied on its own solutions as Emergency well as leveraged partnerships. Today, the company is working closely with many of its global customers to help them grow into China and the rest of the region. Response Team (CERT) as well as With the spotlight growing on these global companies racing to win in Asia and China, they a member of the are realizing that growth and security are not separate issues, but actually go hand-in-hand in Forum of Incident helping them achieve business success. Response and Just like the brakes of a race car, they also know that stepping up on security can help them Security Teams speed up their business safely into the future. (FIRST)6 BT China Thought Leadership
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