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