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Interview: Evolving threats

Zafar Anjum | June 14, 2013
How has the threat landscape changed over the years and what are the most active threats in the Asia Pacific region? Sam Harris, Director, Enterprise Risk Management at Teradata, provides some answers.

What are some of the most active threats in the Asia Pacific region?

The most active threats are organised hacking, which is widely believed to be state-sponsored.  Additionally, evidence of hacking services for hire that can be exploited by the highest bidder are also starting to appear.

In view of the increased waves of state-sponsored attacks as well as hactivism, should security vendors work with government agencies to tackle local and global attackers?

This is a rich opportunity for development of new public policy.  The problem is too large for the public or private sector to solve alone.  Public-Private-Partnerships, sharing experience, expertise and threat activity are evolving in response to the growing problem.

How would BYOD impact businesses in the Asia Pacific region? What is BYOD's implications in terms of risk management, data protection, and data management?

BYOD is a fascinating topic.  Firms used to dictate what tools would be used by employees.  Now, tech-savvy employees are dictating what tools need to be supported. Mobile access in general and BYOD specifically are increasing the attack surface area that firms need to defend.  This in turn creates the need to deploy new defences and  analytical tools.  Big Data Analytics can be used to augment layered defence strategies to help network and security professionals answer questions like the who, what, where and when of traffic on their network, including traffic related to mobile and BYOD.

What do organisations in Asia Pacific lack in terms of security awareness and strategy?

Firms world-wide are struggling to keep up with the mercurial nature of cyber threats.  As soon as one problem is solved, new problems emerge.  It's a constant cat-and-mouse game.

How can local businesses change their strategy to cope with the new threats?

Firms need to execute a multi-layered strategy to education employees, customers and partners on safe computing practices; implement advanced information and cyber analytic capabilities, and then be ever vigilant for the next new threat.


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