Individuals have a role
"Individuals also have a role to play in the fight against cyber attacks," said Frost & Sullivan research analyst for ICT - network security, Asia Pacific, Aliza Shima Kassim. "Beyond the traditional focus on IT security by enterprises, consumers need to be accustomed with best practices while doing online transactions. Portal users need to ensure their devices and connections are well secured. Moreover, precautionary steps should be taken by staying alert and well informed on cyber threats that are occurring globally. The safety of personal transactions can be maximised when the enterprise and consumer are doing their part to ensure high levels of safety while using the Internet."
Kassim said that clear law enforcement was imperative in order to deter hackers and cyber crimes. "In addition, regulatory compliance needs to be strictly enforced by the relevant government agencies in order to strengthen their IT security posture. Apart from these precautions, the sharing of information pertaining to cyber attacks are crucial and will act as lessons to be learnt among the various government agencies together with private enterprises. This measure will help close the public-private sector gap in handling cyber attacks; something which is still in the infancy stages here in Malaysia."
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