Big Data Malaysia - Cents and Security Meeting

When: Feb 20, 2014 at 07:00 PM

Big Data Malaysia - Cents and Security Meeting 20th Feb 2014

The Big Data Malaysia group convened in Bangsar South (Kuala Lumpur) hosted by F-Secure.

The group is aiming to push the big data agenda in Malaysia by bringing data scientists, vendors, analysts and other technologists together to network, share stories and discuss real world big data implementations.

This agenda has received a real boost with the support of MDEC who were on hand to present their plans for Malaysia big data week and also explain how the Malaysian government has identified big data analytics as one of 5 key areas of ICT development in the country.

US based emergency micro loan company Moneylion presented on how they are developing a big data platform to create a 100% automated analytics platform to make instant decisions on credit risk profile for loan applications made online. Perhaps of most interest to DSA is that this venture funded US startup has elected to open a development office in Malaysia, splitting its product development coding about 50% between US and Malaysia.

We see this as a real indication that US companies are looking East into Malaysia and South East Asia to find individuals with excellence in big data development skills.

Listening to the Malaysian R&D team at Moneylion, it is interesting to note that while their business is it's infancy the volume of data they are currently processing is not "big". However their challenge is building an analytics platform now that is able to scale as data volumes grow. This is further confirmation that big data analytics can benefit all companies whether of not their data volumes are large.

F-Secure gave full support to the meeting. In addition to providing a speaker to discuss security issues around all types of data, F-Secure's General Manager for Asia Pacific Ingvar Froiland was on hand to chat with attendees. Whilst their presentation was interesting, DSA was more interested in F-Secure's entrance into highly protecting cloud based file sync and sharing with "Younited". Cloud based object managed storage certainly supports big data, but we find it interesting that F-Secure are moving into this market and believe that their foundation in security may give IT managers the confidence to embrace file sync and share into the corporate IT infrastructure.

The Big Data Malaysia initiative is a great idea, the content of future meetings could be stronger and there is also room to widen the expertise and discussion in the group by adding participation from companies that cover other relevant areas of big data including storage infrastructure, hardware platform providers and data protection experts. We will follow the group with interest, and applaud this initiative to advance Big Data in Malaysia by pooling knowledge and sharing experience.

Where: F-Secure Building Bangsar South