Asia Pacific countries have serious work to do when it comes to protecting themselves against malware – in fact, the region is one of the highest risk areas when it comes to cybersecurity threats.
Figures from a regional biannual report from Microsoft Asia, titled Security Intelligence Report (SIR), Volume 21, warned that Asia Pacific and emerging areas take up three out of the top five global spot for malware encounters.
The two main risk points are in Southeast Asia, specifically Vietnam and Indonesia – as they both have malware encounter rates of more than 45 per cent, the report says. This is double the worldwide average of 21 per cent. Other established regions, such as Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Japan have malware rates that are below the worldwide average, which Microsoft says is reflective of the ‘diverse cybersecurity landscape’.