ESET’s Asia Cy­ber Savvi­ness Re­port 2015 Shows Low Un­der­stand­ing of Cy­ber Se­cu­rity in the Re­gion

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ESET re­cently polled 1,800 re­spon­dents from across Hong Kong, In­dia, In­done­sia, Malaysia, Sin­ga­pore, and Thai­land. The goal was to gain in­sights into the at­ti­tudes, knowl­edge and user be­hav­iors across Asia when it comes to cy­ber se­cu­rity.

The re­sults of the poll were pub­lished as the ESET Asia Cy­ber Savvi­ness Re­port 2015. It shows that although 93 per­cent of online users in Asia worry about cy­ber se­cu­rity, three out of five con­sumers were un­able to an­swer ba­sic cy­ber se­cu­rity ques­tions cor­rectly.

The study also finds that four in 10 online users said they gained most of their in­for­ma­tion about online se­cu­rity through unof­fi­cial sources.

“We need to bust some myths about online se­cu­rity. The ESET Asia Cy­ber Savvi­ness Re­port 2015 found that users in Asia-Pa­cific tend to take un­nec­es­sary risks when they’re online, partly due to a lack of aware­ness. Users have the dan­ger­ous mis­con­cep­tion that their per­sonal ac­counts and ac­tiv­i­ties are not likely to be a tar­get for hack­ers or might be trad­ing se­cu­rity for con­ve­nience. This has to change,” said Parvin­der Walia, Sales Di­rec­tor APAC at ESET.

ESET Asia Cy­ber Savvi­ness Re­port 2015 also ranked Malaysia as the most ‘cy­ber-savvy’ na­tion in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion, ahead of Sin­ga­pore, In­dia, Thai­land, Hong Kong, and In­done­sia. This is based on the abil­ity to un­der­stand and iden­tify ac­tiv­i­ties that would make them vul­ner­a­ble online, risky be­hav­iors, and pre­ven­ta­tive steps online.

“In­for­ma­tion to­day is avail­able at the touch of a but­ton and the In­ter­net is sim­pli­fy­ing our day-to-day lives. Be­ing aware and tak­ing sim­ple pre­cau­tions will mean that users can stay pro­tected online and feel con­fi­dent as they take ad­van­tage of all that the In­ter­net has to of­fer,” added Walia.

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