Technology Record - Issue 31: Winter 2023

88 INTERVIEW Securing an enterprise’s greatest asset Secude’s Mario Galatovic explains how the company’s zero-trust security solutions are helping organisations shield their most sensitive data Cybercrime is on the rise, with hackers deploying increasingly sophisticated tactics to breach organisations’ businesscritical systems and target their data. For example, Gartner predicts that 45 per cent of organisations worldwide will have experienced a breach of their software supply chains by 2025, a three-fold increase from 2021. Meanwhile, the Microsoft Digital Defense Report 2023 showed that attacks targeting open-source software have grown 742 per cent on average since 2019. And 48.8 per cent of executives surveyed for a Deloitte Center for Controllership poll expect the number and size of cyber events targeting their organisations’ accounting and financial data to increase in 2023. In this constantly evolving data security landscape, Secude has created two enterprise digital rights management (EDRM) solutions designed to enable organisations to confidently and effortlessly shield their most sensitive data. “In the last year, we’ve seen a significant rise in targeted attacks,” says Mario Galatovic, CEO of Secude. “These attacks are not just more frequent but also more sophisticated, often designed to exploit specific vulnerabilities. The shift to remote working accelerated by the pandemic has also expanded the number of vulnerabilities for organisations, which now have to secure data across a distributed environment, adding layers of complexity.” Secude’s flagship products, HaloCORE and HaloCAD, work by safeguarding company data the moment it is extracted from computer-aided design (CAD) and SAP-based software. “Secude’s mission is to protect a company’s most valuable asset: its data,” says Galatovic. “We specialise in extending Microsoft Purview Information Protection (MPIP) to deliver zero-trust security to SAP and CAD data, which is crucial in sectors like manufacturing, engineering and defence. Our flagship products are testament to our commitment to innovation. They’re easy to find, purchase and access using the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. They are directly embedded into the enduser applications which creates a seamless experience where users can leverage their existing knowledge of these applications to use Secude solutions. What sets us apart is our ability to extend MPIP to critical systems.” HaloCORE works by scanning all data coming out of SAP and classifying it based on user role and authorisation levels, before protecting the data with strong encryption. Using integration with MPIP, HaloCORE reads the metadata tied to the data in question BY LAURA HYDE Photo: Unsplash/thisisengineering