APAC: A hotbed of cybercrime

APAC: A hotbed of cybercrime

The story in emerging regions has been pretty consistent for some years now. Technology overall is lagging behind - this can be positive as it allows specific countries to jump past the “legacy” phase of dated technology - but it can also be negative as it means that some issues are still waiting to happen. While human error and general hesitancy makes them inevitable.

In Africa this means a significant shortage of core skills and a lack of understanding of the benefits of open source while in APAC it means that security is gradually becoming a very serious problem. At the end of August a report [gated PDF] from Mandiant, part of FireEye, showed that it takes organisations in APAC three times longer – nearly a year and a half – to spot breaches than it does elsewhere.   

Bryce Boland, Chief Technology Officer for Asia Pacific at FireEye explained to IDG Connect at the time the report was published that most organisations in Asia Pacific have not yet developed the security maturity necessary to detect advanced attacks or spot attackers inside their networks. “Far too many organisations here are still relying on firewalls and antivirus and assuming those will stop threats,” he said.


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