Cybersecurity has become a hot topic in the industry today. Read our handpicked news stories to stay ahead of the criminals and protect your organization.

Here’s some cybersecurity advice if you don’t wanna cry

In late June, barely a month since the WannaCry attack, companies around the world were struck by another major ransomware cyber attack. With two similar looking, large-scale incidents occurring within such a short window, companies are naturally anxious to know how they can protect themselves against the next – inevitable – attack.

Key Takeaway:
There’s no excuse for a professional business that runs on information (as most do) to treat its computers and the data they hold in the same way one might a personal iPad. It has to be managed professionally. Businesses have to know where their important data is, why it’s important, and who should be allowed to see it and when. Tackling ransomware threat requires a united front from the IT security industry. Find out how businesses can protect themselves against future attacks.

Data Breaches Often Come From Where You Expect It Least

Data breaches are in the news a lot these days. By one estimate, as many as 63% of data breaches are traced back to a third party vendor. Many of the major data breaches that have made the news in recent years – Target, CiCi’s Pizza, Wendy’s, DoTERRA – have been traced back to third party vendors.

Key Takeaway:
For organisations that suffered a breach, the effect was substantial: 22% of breached organisations lost customers — 40% of them lost more than a fifth of their customer base. 29% lost revenue, with 38% of that group losing more than a fifth of their revenue.

Learn more about the danger of data breaches from this infographic.

The biggest cybersecurity disasters of 2017 so far

The first six months of 2017 have seen an inordinate number of cybersecurity meltdowns. And they weren’t just your standard corporate breaches. It’s only July, and already there’s been viral, state-sponsored ransomware, leaks of spy tools from US intelligence agencies, and full-on campaign hacking. And that’s just the beginning.

Key Takeaway:
Let this recap of 2017’s biggest cyber-incidents so far serve as a reminder of just how chaotic things have already gotten–and the year’s only halfway done.

Find out the biggest cybersecurity disasters of 2017 so far.

Emerging APAC markets more prone to malware

Emerging markets in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region are more susceptible to malware, with Indonesia, India and the Philippines among the top 10 countries with the highest number of malware infections, a new study has found.

Key Takeaway:
In the Philippines, for example, the number of botnets detected was nearly four times more than that of second-ranked Indonesia. Both countries, together with India, also made the top 10 for Android malware detections, accounting for over 15% of Android malware detections worldwide.

Find out how vulnerable are APAC markets to cyber security threats.

Australia’s cyber security strategy bearing fruit

According to Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) first cyber security survey, 90% of all organisations surveyed – public and private – faced some form of cyber attacks during the 2015-16 financial year. The good news is awareness of cyber security issues and the need for response is also on the rise. Some 71% of organisations said they had a cyber security incident response plan in 2016, up from 60% in the previous year.

Key Takeaway:
One important trend highlighted in the survey report was that organisations considered more cyber resilient were those that had engaged their board members or senior management on cyber security.

Find out how Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy, is protecting citizens, companies and critical infrastructure.

An APAC perspective: Cyber security predictions for 2017

Cyber security received heightened interest in 2016 due to a spate of cyber attacks in the region. These included cyber attacks on the database of 55 million voters at the Philippines Commission on Elections (COMELEC), the National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI), US$81 million cyber heist at the Bangladesh Central Bank and the massive data leaks as shown by the Yahoo data incidents.

Key Takeaway:
Cyber attacks can impact any industry at any time. In fact, as more industries become increasingly connected to the Internet due to the Internet of Things, it is more essential than ever to consider if your organisation is cyber ready for 2017.

Read Frost & Sullivan’s Asia Pacific Cyber Security practice analysts’ key cyber security predictions for 2017.

Cyber security a top concern of end-users in Asia-Pacific

The Internet Society polled almost 2,000 respondents from across the region on their attitudes towards current Internet policy issues. More than half (58 percent) of respondents thought cybercrime was an issue that needed to be addressed by government, followed by connectivity (47 percent), data protection (45 percent) and privacy (44 percent).

Key Takeaway:
Internet security is the top concern of end-users and the one that requires the most urgent attention from government, a recently published survey on policy issues in the Asia-Pacific reveals.

Find out why cyber security a top concern of end-users in Asia-Pacific.