Only 28% of business leaders in the Asia-Pacific view cyber security as an important issue, according to a study by BT. What's more, only 51% of enterprises in the Asia-Pacific have capabilities to measure the return on investment in cyber security strategies, compared to 90% in the US. As regards cyber security preparedness, just 48% of senior decision makers receive cyber security training, as opposed to 86% in the US.
In terms of cyber threats, 74% of IT decision makers in the APAC region consider hacktivism to be a severe threat, 65% believe malicious insiders are a major threat and 63% believe non-malicious insider threats are a top concern. Organised crime is deemed a serious threat by 58% and nation states are rated in the same way by 46%. To compare, in the US the biggest proportion of IT decision makers, 85%, see non-malicious insider threats as a severe threat, followed by 79% who consider malicious insider threats a serious issue and 77% who believe hacktivism is a severe threat.
Globally, 54% of decision makers in the IT sector think that hacktivism will become a bigger threat over the next 12 months and 53% believe this to be true for malicious insider threats. What's more, 58% of IT decision makers around the world believe that the top managers of their companies underestimate the importance of cyber security.
Meanwhile, the IT sector in Hong Kong specifically is hungry for security and software development talent, according to a separate survey reported by Computerworld Hong Kong. It showed that 46% of chief information officers and chief technology officers consider security skills central for their work and 31% of them view software development skills as essential.
Jackie Coppell | Associate Director, ASEAN