Aon: Cyber exposures and solutions in Asia

April 24 2015

Successful businesses throughout Asia use technology to increase sales, maximise efficiency and reduce expenses. Evolving technologies such as cloud computing, mobile devices, social media and “big data” analytics have helped them become more competitive in the global economy.

Meanwhile, the array of threats to cyber security continues to grow and evolve, and Asian companies are considered by many to be the most likely targets in the world. Cyber theft, fraud, sabotage, espionage, and hacking (including from governments) are more frequent in the social media age and the associated costs with information security breaches are increasing for entities in every industry sector – from retail, financial institutions, healthcare, hospitality, media, communications, technology, consulting and professional services to manufacturing, government/public sector, energy/utilities, critical infrastructure and transportation.

The legal exposure, reputational harm and business interruptions that may result can wreak havoc on a company’s bottom line.

Global executives meeting at the Word Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January 2014 addressed the increasing costs of data theft and the difficulty in countering criminals who are intent on stealing data.1 Citing security breaches such as those at Japan based Mt. Gox, the largest Bitcoin exchange, and Target Corporation, the second largest U.S. retailer: the Davos executives noted the serious risk and high cost of security breaches, and expressed concern that further major disruptions due to security breaches could become commonplace.

“Technology is going to create significant opportunities, but how we as humans adapt to the changes will be very important.”

The continent of Asia technically encompasses a widely varied landscape with dramatically diverse legal systems and commercial environments. As of March 1, 2014, an increasing number of these countries have some type of privacy, data security, cross-border transfer or other breach disclosure law. This paper attempts to:

  • Outline some general 2014 cyber exposure and solution trends applicable to most Asian countries
  • Explore in-depth cyber issues specific to Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea
  • Offer a risk management process to identify, understand, quantify, mitigate, and transfer cyber risks


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