The latest data from Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) has uncovered more than 11 million attacks caused by servers hosted in Singapore last year. While this represents a 150 percent decrease from the number of attacks caused by servers in 2018, Singapore continues to be a hotspot for originating cyberattacks, falling only two places to rank 10th worldwide in 2019.
The report also found that there is much more to go when it comes to building up cyber-resilience among individuals and businesses in Singapore, with 4,657,235 web threats detected, putting the city-state at 157th globally, a regression of only one position compared to the year before.
Web-based threats are malware programs that can target someone while using the Internet. These browser-based threats include a range of malicious software programs that are designed to infect victims’ computers. In Southeast Asia, the top four attack vectors of web threats are: unintentional downloads of certain programmes (or files) from the internet; the download of malicious attachments from online e-mail services; browser extensions activity; and the download of malicious components or communications with command & control, run by other malware.
“Across the region, Singapore has performed well in terms of maintaining its high position for having the least number of cyberthreats blocked relative to its neighbours, regardless of whether they are internet-borne or local in nature. These noteworthy results are commendable and we have to give a nod on how public and private institutions in the country are working together actively to keep the digital aspect of the Republic safe and secured,” says Yeo Siang Tiong, General Manager at Kaspersky, Southeast Asia.
“Last year, Singapore’s cybersecurity landscape ended on a sombre note. The wave of cybersecurity breaches – the leakage of personal data pertaining to 2,400 Ministry of Defence personnel, the Sephora hack, the exposure of over 800,000 blood donors’ personal details from the Health Sciences Authority database – are indicative that regardless of the statistics we have here, the Republic continues to be a key target for cybercriminals. The government is undoubtedly stepping up its efforts to build up its defences. For our part, we renewed our commitment to sharing threat intelligence with INTERPOL last year, as we believe that building cybersecurity capacity must be a shared responsibility,” adds Yeo.
In order to be secured against the evolving threats online and offline, Kaspersky security experts advise the following basic but important steps for businesses:
- Secure internet access for your employees. Deploy solutions which can help provide multi-layered gateway level protection against the latest web-based threats and blocks them before they reach your end points. Such is part of Kaspersky Targeted Solutions
- Raise your employees’ awareness of cybersecurity by educating them on good cyber hygiene. Awareness training can help develop cybersafe behavior by building your employee’s understanding of potential threats.
- Configure your OS to avoid running anything from USBs.
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