Cybersecurity awareness important to combat ransomware attacks in APAC: ISACA

Besides security tools, businesses must also educate their employees to increase their cybersecurity awareness.

By Adrian M. Reodique
Nov. 18, 2016

In addition, Schwartz mentioned the increasing prevalence of botnets on the internet. "This threat is seen in the recent DDoS attack on StarHub's broadband network, the first of its kind on Singapore's telco infrastructure."

He noted government, financial services, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and other sectors with high investments in research and development (R&D) are the most vulnerable to cyber attacks. He explained attackers commonly use social engineering, direct human espionage combined with cyber attacks, and penetration of vulnerable systems to perpetrate these industries.

Despite the evolving threats in the security landscape, Schwartz said: "The emergence of security professionals who can cope with advanced threats and advanced adversaries has not kept up with the new challenges in cybersecurity."

As such, he said security professionals must continue to learn and acquire real-world skills to help their organisations better respond to threats in a live environment. 

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