Singapore companies struggle to repel network attacks

Embracing secure access service edge (SASE) technologies to overcome work-from-home challenges.

Singapore companies are struggling to repel network attacks, falling victim to dangerous ransomware assaults, and having to deal with deadly consequences, according to a new report from Barracuda, a trusted partner and leading provider of cloud-enabled security solutions.

Taking in 750 global respondents, including 50 Singapore IT decision-makers responsible for their organisation’s networking, public cloud, and security for its “State of Network Security in 2021” report, Barracuda found that a huge 72 per cent of Singapore businesses have fallen victim to a network attack in the last 12 months, while two-thirds (62 per cent) had suffered at least one ransomware attack over the same period.

According to the report, there are many reasons why businesses struggle to repel network attacks, with remote working being one of the biggest. According to results, Singapore companies with staff working predominantly from home (at least 3 or 4 days a week) had a higher network security breach rate (77 per cent), compared to companies with staff working predominantly from the office (67 per cent). This issue is exacerbated as Singapore businesses continue to work from home in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Based on the report, only 6 per cent of employees at Singapore businesses are currently working from office all the time.

The report also revealed that 96 per cent of Singapore employees with company-issued devices share their home internet connection with other members of their household, which Barracuda warns can pose “a significant security risk”, as home networks can make employees an easier target for hackers than a typical business network.

According to Barracuda, businesses’ reliance on web-based apps can also make them an attractive target for cybercriminals looking for a way into the network. Results show that on average, Singapore companies have at least 24 Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) apps deployed, with 50 per cent of all traffic being directed to public cloud providers.

When it came to defending against attacks, Barracuda researchers found that network breaches, ransomware attacks, and remote-work challenges underscore the need for cloud-native Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) deployments. This assessment is not lost on Singapore businesses, which show a healthy appetite for SASE technologies. The report reveals that a third (33 per cent) of Singapore businesses with most of their apps in the public cloud have already deployed a Software-defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) to securely connect users to applications, with more than half of those yet to deploy SD-WAN, saying they plan to so in future (58 per cent).

Similarly, 42 per cent of Singapore companies with most of their apps in the public cloud said they had already deployed Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) to secure their apps, while 54 per cent plan to in the future.

“Singapore businesses are continuing to experience network breaches and ongoing security challenges as they adapt to hybrid work environments,” said James Wong, Regional Director for Southeast Asia and Korea, Barracuda.

“As businesses in the city-state increasingly rely on SaaS applications and the public cloud to improve their user experience and security, we are also seeing them starting to embrace SASE technologies, which can only be a good thing.”




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