Cyber Security Issues – Asia Is The Most Vulnerable To Cyber Attacks

Cyber Security Issues – Asia Is The Most Vulnerable To Cyber Attacks

by August 29, 2016

Cyber Five” – consisting of Singapore, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and South Korea – is judged to be nine times more vulnerable to cyber attacks relative to their larger Asian counterparts China and India. Among the Cyber Five, South Korea topped the list with a cyber vulnerability score of 884 (compared to 329 in 2008), with Singapore scoring 399 (compared to 224 in 2008)


Two notable examples for cyber vulnerability happened in Singapore in 2014:


M1 is one of the telecoms service providers in Singapore, and it was alleged that when M1 started taking in online pre-orders for the new Apple iPhone 6, a postgraduate student in Computer Sciences used a cookie modifier plug-in to access forms showing data from other customers, including personal data, prompting M1 to shut down the pre-order web page for 12 hours.


At the same time, it was also alleged that K Box Entertainment Group, a private company which offers karaoke entertainment in Singapore, suffered a serious data security breach, in which the personal data of its customers in its database (numbering more than 300,000 customers) was leaked, as part of a threat by some “hacktivists” protesting against new toll charges.


(Source: Cyber Security Issues in Asia)


In a more recent study, U.S. security company Mandiant indicates that many Asian organisations are badly defended against cyber attacks. Mandiant suggests that the bulk of cyber-attacks in Asia are state-sponsored and target areas with heightened geopolitical tensions, such as the South China Sea.

“We knew responses to cyber-incidents here in Asia often lag those elsewhere, but we didn’t know it was by this much,” Grady Summers, CTO of Mandiant‘s parent company, FireEye

Asian organisations were ill-equipped to defend their networks from attackers because “they frequently lack basic response processes and plans, threat intelligence, technology and expertise.” – Summers added.

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The days taken to discover a cyber-attack in 2015


Being aware of the alarming cyber security issues, industry experts and companies have been working on reliable solutions for them. Global and regional conferences and summits also happened to gather industry leaders and government decision-makers when it comes to cyber, technology, innovation and investment to discuss about fintech, IoT, protection of critical infrastructure, transportation, big data and more.


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Join Cybertech Singapore 2016 Conference & Exhibition at Marina Bay Sands on September 6-7, to discuss about global cyber technology world. It is a proven platform where all will connect and join hands and work together in order to make the cyber technology world safer in the future.


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