New Finding From Microsoft Cybersecurity – Malaysia’s Malware Encounter Grows
Microsoft has recently released regional findings from their global Security Intelligence Report (SIR), which found that Malaysia is one of the countries with an alarmingly increase of malware encounters.
Malaysia’s Increased Malware Encounters
In the findings, an approximate average of 12.9% of computers running on Microsoft real-time security products in Malaysia reported a malware encounter in the first quarter of 2017. It is slightly higher than the global average of 9%.
Additionally, the report found out that there was a significant decline in Malaysia’s malware occurrences compared to the first quarter of 2016. The malware encounters fell by 16.7% compared to last year.
Driven by the proliferation of endpoints and the ubiquitous computing power of the cloud, the opportunity for digital transformation to make broad and profound impacts on our society has never been greater. However, for digitalization to reach its fullest potential, users must first trust the technology they use. Microsoft is committed to helping our customers and partners build that trust and the first step is to help them understand the multitude of cyber threats out there so that they can implement more effective ways to manage and neutralize these risks Dr Dzahar Mansor, National Technology Officer, Microsoft Malaysia
Microsoft’s SIR gives data and insights into the global threat landscape, especially on software vulnerability, exploits, malware, and web-based attacks. In the latest version, it tracked threat data for both endpoint as well as cloud, which profiled more than 100 individual markets.
In addition to that, they also gave tips on how to reduce cyber risks exposure and gave four practices to make it safer;
- Always practice caution when you are connected to a public internet domain.
- Ensure that your software is always up to date.
- Use the latest technologies and software to ensure better security and privacy to maximize protection against threats.
- Make cyber security and data privacy policies and governance high priority in your organizations.
Furthermore, Microsoft Malaysia has also launched a Cybersecurity Health Check Campaign for Small Medium Businesses (SMBs) in Malaysia, with the aim to increase awareness of cybersecurity and equip SMBs with the right tools. For more info on that, you can click on the link right here.
Pokdepinion: It’s always worrying when you get studies that show results like this. Do all the necessary precautions, everyone.