Study: Internet raising security awareness

According to the report, 56 per cent of IT managers in Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan) confirmed that increased use of the Internet was the fundamental driver impacting their decision to take security more seriously. Similarly, 39 per cent reported that the rollout of their strategic electronic commerce initiatives was a key motivating factor behind their use of security, IDC said in a statement summarising the report's findings.

The manifestations of Web and networking technologies are changing the IT community's perceptions of security, according to IDC. Awareness of the liability at stake for not having appropriate security in place is high among businesses of all sizes across industry segments in the Asia-Pacific region. Consequently, IT managers are making security technologies a component of their overall strategic IT investments, IDC said.

Within the region, unauthorised access to information and unauthorised modification of data or terminal configurations are among some of the most frequent security breaches Asian enterprises are witnessing today. Roughly 50 per cent of all security breaches discovered were illegally performed by internal people, according to IDC.

Greater interest in security is providing opportunities for vendors of security-related products, IDC said. These include anti-virus tools, firewalls as well as authentication, access control and auditing tools. With e-commerce initiatives growing in the region, certificate authorities investments should also flourish.

The adoption of security measures in individual countries reflects their relative use of the Internet and e-commerce. Australia and Singapore contain the most security-aware end users, while in China and Korea, end users are generally less able to deal with unauthorised access to information, according to IDC.

In Australia and Singapore, over 60 per cent of attacks initiated against companies were repelled, compared to just 10 per cent in China. Just over 20 per cent of attacks against end users in Singapore and Australia were not detected until they were over, compared to around 70 per cent in China and 50 per cent in South Korea.

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