Noushin Shabab, a security researcher with Kaspersky Lab in Melbourne, said that Indonesia, Vietnam, Taiwan and Malaysia faced bigger problems on the cyber front, adding that her observations were based on the last two years.
She said Australia and New Zealand had better defences, more people and invested more in security; this was why the problem of online security were less severe.
Shabab, who spoke to iTWire on the sidelines of the Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit in Cancun on Thursday, pointed out there were instances where Australian companies had been attacked but that was because they were part of an industry sector that was being targeted.
As far as attacks targeting Australia were concerned, she said in 2016, Kaspersky Lab had found a marketplace for compromised servers on the dark web and the highest rates were for Australian servers, with many Australian domains having been compromised. However, this was not limited to Australian servers.
Again, in 2016, in the case of the Dropping Elephant threat actor — malware that used two main infection vectors target foreign relations with China — Shabab said Australia was again one of the targets.
New Zealand, she said, was even quieter than Australia. In the event that anything did happen there requiring Kaspersky's intervention, the company used its remote forensic framework to investigate, using a local IT person to assist.
Asked whether she had seen any increased interest in data security in the run-up to the introduction of the Australian data breach law last month, Shabab said there was not much of a difference in the level of interest.
The writer is attending the Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit as a guest of the company.
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