Education, awareness and accountability are keys to a safer world – Manila Bulletin

We live in a world of “what ifs” and the certainty of many things is debatable. Who would have thought that two (02) years ago the world would be at a standstill, travel borders completely closed and digitization accelerating at a rate we could never have imagined?

Global cybersecurity and digital privacy company Kaspersky recently hosted Kaspersky Asia Pacific Cyber ​​Security Weekend 2022 in Phuket, Thailand. The conference served as a place to meet and discuss cybersecurity threats, challenges and solutions needed to build a safer world.

“We believe in a future where technology enhances all of our lives. Years ago, when it came to cybersecurity, people usually thought of antivirus (endpoint protection solutions), and that’s no longer the case. It also includes threat intelligence, reporting, and common sense, among other things,” according to Chris Connell, vice president of global sales and general manager for APAC at Kaspersky.

Right after the conference, I had the opportunity to sit down with Connell to talk about how we Filipinos can help make the world a safer place.

Education, awareness and responsibility

According to the Kaspersky executive, the main factors that contribute to making the world safer are education, awareness and responsibility. As the world changes every day, it is the business’s job to make the world aware of potential vulnerabilities, how organizations can recognize these vulnerabilities, what do you do when it happens, and how to be responsible for it. incident.

“Companies should not panic and scare people. Over the years, cybersecurity is just another thing. The importance of cybersecurity was recognized even before the pandemic; this pandemic has only advanced that (recognition) even further. More people are working from home and they are more vulnerable,” Connell said referring to what companies should do in the event of a cybersecurity incident. He also stressed the need for employees to be fully aware of the company’s established policies on cybersecurity, as cybersecurity is not limited to the use of computers only. Among the common pitfalls of organizations when it comes to cybersecurity is human error.

To further increase cybersecurity awareness, Kaspersky has an online training platform that integrates simulation exercises with real-life scenarios. For primary school students, the company is working with educational organizations in different countries across the region to make learning about cybersecurity topics a fun activity – something we have to look forward to once it hits shore. philippines.

Kaspersky on transparency

Transparency is no longer an option but an absolute necessity according to Connell at the opening of the regional conference. Twenty-five (25) years ago, in 1997, Kaspersky introduced heuristic scanning technology – a method of detecting computer viruses by examining code for suspicious properties – allowing their products at the time to detect and combat at least one (01) new malware every single hour. This technology was seen as the backbone of the computer industry as the development of new threats exploded at the turn of the new century.

In July 2016, Kaspersky became one of the founding partners of the No More Ransom project aimed at helping victims of ransomware. Ransomware is a kind of malware that locks down the victim’s computer and/or mobile device by encrypting their electronic files. The No More Ransom initiative now consists of nearly 200 partners worldwide and helps ransomware victims by providing decryptors and community technical support.

Last year (2021), the company launched the Kaspersky Global Transparency Initiative, making it the first cybersecurity company to offer its source code for third-party review. The project includes several concrete and actionable steps to engage with the broader cybersecurity community and stakeholders in validating and verifying the reliability of its products, internal processes and business operations. This year, Kaspersky reports having around 4,500 security professionals on board to create a security ecosystem to bring about a cyber-immune future.

The cybersecurity company also announced unaudited global revenue of US$752 million in 2021 – the best by far in the company’s 25-year history.



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