The Singapore Muslim Women's Association (PPIS) is a non-profit organisation offering counsel and aid to Muslim woman in the island nation.
The community lockdown (circuit breaker) has created additional challenges for many, including financial difficulty, job loss, and the pressures of living in close quarters.
The 16 PPIS centres have stayed open during the pandemic, with social workers, counsellors and teachers offering family and children services, including counselling on family violence and marital issues, infant care and playgroup, and before- and after-school programs for children aged 7 to 14. PPIS also launched temporary initiatives and a new Women in Need fund to provide financial support for basic needs and provide seed money for budding female entrepreneurs.
To ensure the ongoing provision of its services and the confidentiality of client data, PPIS recognized that it needed to improve its cybersecurity posture.
In 2019, PPIS experienced a series of phishing attacks that demonstrated the organization’s existing antivirus software was no longer effective at protecting against today’s cyber threats. A breach of client information could have not only put clients at risk but also have major ramifications if the organization violated Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Act.
“We needed to streamline endpoint management so we could focus on projects that help PPIS meet its strategic goals for digital transformation,” said Thariq Aziz Abdul Hamid, PPIS Information Technology Manager.
BlackBerry partner ACE Pacific Group was engaged to help PPIS choose a new antivirus solution that not only offered better malware protection but also eliminated the administrative burden of having to manage signature updates.
BlackBerry Protect was chosen for its AI-powered ability to predict and prevent the execution of ransomware and zero-day threats without the need for time-consuming endpoint management processes.
The BlackBerry Protect console allows extended visibility of the network to detect attacks and potential vulnerabilities across all endpoints, users and data from a centralised dashboard.