Major data breach across Asia predicted in next 2 years

Many Asian security organisations are under-confident of their ability to defend critical data from cyber attacks.(Reuters pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Nearly 70% of security professionals surveyed expect an attack impacting critical infrastructure across multiple Asian countries within the next two years.

Nearly 60% of Asia-based cybersecurity pros also fear a malicious attack from Russia, China and North Korea.

These concerns are among several outlined in Black Hat Asia´s first-ever research report, “Cybersecurity Risk in Asia”.

Black Hat is a well-known and established conference of cybersecurity researchers and enterprise information security professionals.

The report, compiled from a survey of nearly 100 current and former attendees at Black Hat Asia, provides insight on critical information security issues pertaining to Asian cyber defence and vulnerabilities.

The results closely mirror the response of Black Hat attendees in the US and Europe, raising further concerns over cybersecurity on a global level.

Based on the report, Black Hat found that more than 30% of respondents believe the primary reason cybersecurity strategies fail in Asia is because of a shortage of skilled professionals.

The skills shortage, coupled with a lack of budget, makes for a dangerous combination that leaves many Asian security organisations under-confident of their ability to defend critical data from cyber attacks.

More than 40% of respondents also believe that end users who violate security policies or fall prey to phishing and social engineering scams are what leave their organisations the most vulnerable.