Tai­wan ranks the third largest cy­ber­at­tack tar­get in Asia

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Tai­wanese en­ter­prises have come un­der mount­ing threat of tar­geted at­tacks on their com­puter net­works, FireEye, Inc. said Thurs­day, cit­ing 2014 data plac­ing Tai­wan in the third place, be­hind South Korea and Hong Kong, on the vol­ume of ad­vanced per­sis­tent threat (APT) ac­tiv­i­ties in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion.

Tony Cole, vice pres­i­dent and global gov­ern­ment chief tech­nol­ogy of­fi­cer at FireEye, a pub­licly listed U.S. net­work se­cu­rity com­pany, said at a press con­fer­ence in Taipei that due to Tai­wan’s po­si­tion within an in­tense geopo­lit­i­cal ri­valry be­tween the ma­jor pow­ers and its tech firms’ pos­ses­sion of im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion cov­eted by APT hack­ers, com­pa­nies in Tai­wan are more prone to cy­ber­at­tacks than those in other coun­tries.

An APT is a type of cy­ber in­tru­sion in which an unau­tho­rized per­son gains ac­cess to a net­work and main­tains this ac­cess un­de­tected for an ex­tended pe­riod of time. The pur­pose of an APT attack is to steal data rather than to cause dam­age.

The num­ber of APT ac­tiv­i­ties di­rected against Tai­wanese com­pa­nies in the fourth quar­ter of 2014 saw a 26 per­cent up­surge from the pre­vi­ous quar­ter. For the whole of 2014, Tai­wanese com­pa­nies have ex­pe­ri­enced a quar­terly in­crease of 6.6 per­cent of over­all APT at­tacks, ac­cord­ing to a FireEye study.

Cole said that APT ac­tiv­i­ties made their first ap­pear­ance well be­fore 2014, but many en­ter­prises have not been aware of th­ese ram­pant cy­ber­at­tacks un­til last year.

Com­pa­nies have man­aged

to re­duce the amount of time it takes them to de­tect a cy­ber­at­tack, Cole noted, adding that it took on av­er­age 243 days be­fore or­ga­ni­za­tions re­al­ized hack­ers had in­fil­trated their net­work in 2012, but it took 229 days in 2013, and 205 days in 2014.

How­ever, busi­nesses have found it in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to de­tect a se­cu­rity breach by them­selves. Only 31 per­cent of busi­nesses had the abil­ity to de­tect a breach from an in­ter­nal en­tity in 2014, com­pared with 33 per­cent in 2013, and 37 per­cent in 2012.

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