Hong Kong's Alarming Cybersecurity Crisis

Four of the Top Five Sources of Cyber Attacks Globally, List Hong Kong Among their Top Targets HK’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) reports security-related incidents jumped 55% from 2017 to 2018. Still fresh in the minds of many locals, where 9.4 million passengers' Personal Identifiable Information (names, nationalities, dates of birth, identity card numbers and historical travel details) were

Bryan CheungBy: Bryan Cheung, Jun 20, 2019
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Recent 10 Years of Security Incident Reports

"Four of the Top Five Sources of Cyber Attacks Globally, List Hong Kong Among their Top Targets"

HK’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) reports security-related incidents jumped 55% from 2017 to 2018.

Still fresh in the minds of many locals, where 9.4 million passengers' Personal Identifiable Information (names, nationalities, dates of birth, identity card numbers and historical travel details) were compromised, the “next big one’ is inevitable. Projections for 2019 already predict more security incidents this year than in the past.

“Data” is the new “gold”. Sophisticated, malicious bad actors are increasingly using employees personal data to access organizations' sensitive data and the consequences of cybersecurity breaches are dire.

Global Implications, Local Perspectives

Equifax recently became the first company to have its outlook downgraded by Moody’s from a cyber attack.

The $690 million charge for the breach was a contributing factor. Both clients and shareholders internationally are experiencing the dire need to enhance their organization’s cybersecurity resiliency.

Given the magnitude and implications globally, locally, I’m seeing an increase in organizations ranging from startups to mid-market companies proactively seeking security assessments to measure their current maturity levels.

Reasons for higher levels of self scrutiny are due to foreseeable increases in regulations such as with GDPR and China’s Cybersecurity Laws, Both clients and shareholders warmly welcome the reassurance their resources/investments are taking precautions to mitigate from both reputational and financial losses.

Cybersecurity Demand

82% of Hong Kong CIOs say they will face more security threats in the next few years due to a shortage of IT security talent.

In addition to the talent deficit another problem is the cost. Seasoned Cyber Security experts’ salaries cost USD 30,000 per month for only one role. For many organizations locally, the price point is too aggressive to justify for only one-hire and are actively looking for alternatives.

Start within your Organization by asking

Crisis No More:

Horangi Cybersecurity gives organizations access to an on-demand experienced and practical CyberOps team of CREST certified consultants who operate from 7 countries. Besides helping our customers achieve regulatory and data compliance, Horangi can help organizations become proactive in their security, with services like a CISO-as-a-Service for more strategic level functions to more tactical services such as vulnerability assessment, pen testing, incident preparedness and much more.

Contact:

For any cybersecurity-related conversations or speaking engagements. I can be reached on Bryan@horangi.com

Alternatively, you can meet the Hong Kong team at the upcoming AWS Summit on June 28th.

Bryan Cheung
By: Bryan Cheung, Jun 20, 2019

Bryan Cheung is Corporate Sales Manager, Revenue at Horangi Cyber Security.

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