Indonesian businesses ramp up cybersecurity budget amid rampant attacks

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first_imgIndonesian companies plan to increase their cybersecurity budget this year amid the high number of cyberattacks during the pandemic, signalling a growing awareness and commitment in digital safety, a survey by a cybersecurity company shows.US-based Palo Alto Networks stated that, based on the firm’s survey in February, around 84 percent of Indonesian companies planned to raise their IT budget this year, 44 percent of which would allocate more than half of their IT budget to cybersecurity investment.The number of companies in Indonesia committed to increasing the IT budget is higher than the ASEAN average of 73 percent. In May, three Indonesian e-commerce platforms, including Tokopedia, reportedly experienced data breaches in which their customers’ details were stolen, which were then sold on the dark web.A report by American tech company Microsoft, titled Security Endpoint Threat Report 2019, stated that developing countries, including Indonesia, were most vulnerable to malware and ransomware threats in 2019.Read also: IBM advises tighter cybersecurity in new remote work eraIn line with the finding, the survey revealed that most of the companies considered having antimalware and antivirus software as the most important cybersecurity tools.“Companies are overwhelmed by the complexity of multiple security tools. They need a single platform that can give them integrated protection from cyberattacks,” he said. “But as Indonesian companies increase their cybersecurity investment, there is a willingness to fix this and become more confident.”However, despite efforts to enhance their security, 44 percent of Indonesian companies still lack confidence in their cybersecurity investments.Surung said the reason for the lack of confidence was that companies were doubtful in their employees’ cybersecurity awareness, or the fact that their security infrastructure was outdated as well as a lack of end-to-end protection.Palo Alto Network’s survey also showed that companies considered digital payment and e-commerce platforms as the top window for attackers to take advantage of. The reason was both platforms contained much financial data that hackers could immediately use for personal gain, Surung added.According to Bank Indonesia, electronic transactions increased to Rp 15 trillion (US$1 billion) in May compared to Rp 12.8 trillion in the same period last year. Meanwhile, the central bank recorded e-commerce transactions growing 26 percent during the pandemic.Surung stated that 39 percent of companies were most concerned about losing their external data such as user information, while 37 percent were worried about internal data loss such as employees’ personal data.E-commerce platform Blibli.com senior manager of information security Ricky Setiadi told The Jakarta Post on July 17 that malware and phishing attacks were some of the main threats Blibli continuously took precautions for, as both were potential entrance points for further data breaches.“The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to cybersecurity risk profiles that diverge from those seen during normal conditions,” he said. “Therefore, we have adapted our budgets to conduct the necessary system and protocol upgrades to address the shift in risk profiles and maintain the integrity of our security systems.”Similarly, e-wallet provider LinkAja chief technology officer Arman Hazairin said in an e-mail on July 16 that the company also experienced increased transactions during the pandemic, which led to added supervising and preventive measures to increase cybersecurity.“This means allocating more resources, including funds, people and time, for cybersecurity,” he said.While e-wallet platform DANA refused to comment on its cybersecurity budget, the company’s communication vice president Steve Saerang said that it was already equipped with an artificial intelligence-based risk engine to analyze unusual transactions and biometric verification as fraud prevention measures.Topics : “Almost all companies in the country have put cybersecurity as their business enabler in this digital era,” said Palo Alto Networks Indonesia country manager Surung Sinamo in a press briefing on July 15. “This shows that we are moving on the right track in terms of digital safety awareness.”He went on to say that the top reasons these companies increased their budget were to tackle the growing number of sophisticated cyberattacks, upgrade their existing security framework and keep up with competitors.“Attackers are now using artificial intelligence, so it is important for businesses to start relying on automation such as machine learning for security,” he said, adding that one of Palo Alto Network’s banking clients had seen a 200 percent increase in cyberattacks during COVID-19 compared to usual.Indonesia recorded more than 88 million cyberattacks during the first four months of the year, with more than half of the cyberattacks being malware and phishing scams, according to the National Cyber and Encryption Agency (BSSN).last_img read more

AFCON: Super Eagles Richer with $50,000 from Okowa

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first_imgOmon-Julius Onabu in AsabaAFCON 2019 qualifier, the Super Eagles of Nigeria became $50,000 richer as the Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, on Tuesday evening redeemed his pledge of $25,000 per goal scored by the team in their African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match against the South African football team, Bafana Bafana.Although, the Super Eagles encounter with their South Africa opponents in Johannesburg ended one goal apiece, Okowa decided to reward the Nigerian players with the sum of $50,000 apparently to compensate the Super Eagles for two goals they scored by controversially denied by the centre referee of the match. According to the Delta State governor, he was convinced that the Super Eagles performed well enough to claim the maximum points from the weekend match in Johannesburg, in spite of the 1-1 score-line at the final whistle signalling the end of clash.The Nigerian football ambassadors had trained at the Stephen Keshi Stadium Asaba, the Delta State capital, before jetting out to Johannesburg last weekend through the Asaba International Airport.After the match, which saw Nigeria booking a place during the AFCON Championship to be hosted 2019 by Cameroon, the Nigerian national football team also returned to the country through the Asaba International Airport.At a state banquet held in honour of the Super Eagles at Government House, Asaba, on Tuesday night, the governor disclosed that though the match ended 1-1, what he saw was the Super Eagles scoring more than one goal.Okowa said, “As a state government, we did make a promise to give $25,000 per goal in the AFCON qualifying match in South Africa (and) in my mind, I know we scored two goals, not one goal; because the second goal was wrongly disallowed.“So, we will fulfil our promise with what we saw, not with what was announced by the referee,he remarked.Moreover, the governor described the camping of the Super Eagles in Asaba as a blessing in several ways.Shortly before their departure to South Africa through Asaba airport, Okowa motivativated the team with a pomise to reward them with the sum of $25, 000 for every goal scored against Bafana Bafana.“We are very happy that you left for South Africa from Asaba because you enabled us to witness the first international flight from the Asaba International Airport”, Okowa noted.“We are truly excited this evening that we are hosting our dear Super Eagles as a state government and the Ugandan team (The Cranes) with who they earlier played a barren draw with the Super Eagles at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, we truly enjoyed ourselves because the two teams played good football.“It was good to host the Super Eagles, they have been with us for some days now, and I believe that the people, Deltans and Nigerians in general, are excited. Though they drew the match with the Cranes of Uganda, both teams played good game and it was gladdenjng to know that both team have also qualified for the African Cup of Nations,” he said, disclosing that the coming of the Super Eagles to Asaba greatly gave a boost to socio-economic life of Deltans.Okowa assured that his administration will continue to invest in the development of sports and sporting activities, noting that Principal’s Cup and the Headmaster’s Cup football championship were designed to encourage the development of football in secondary and primary schools in the state.He congratulated the Super Eagles for qualifying for AFCON, assuring that his administration would continue to support the Pinnick Amaju led Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to succeed.Stand-in Captain of the Super Eagles, Ahmed Musa on behalf of members of the team, thanked Governor Okowa and the people of Delta State for their support.“We will love to come back here again and on behalf of my team mates, we say thank you,” Musa said.The Cranes of Uganda that earlier held the Super Eagles to a goalless draw at the Stephen Keshi Stadium attended the dinner.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram President, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, Executive Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa presenting the 2018 Nigerian Sports Award (NSA) Footballer of the Year Award to Nigeria’s Super Eagles’ Stand-In Captain, Ahmed Musa at the Nigeria/Uganda International friendly football match on Tuesday.last_img read more

KP Boateng to return for Ghana for Zambia clash, Foh Amoaning predicts

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first_imgKevin-Prince Boateng will return for Ghana to play in the potential World Cup qualifying group decider against Zambia later this year, ace commentator Moses Foh Amoaning has predicted.Boateng shocked the West African Nation when he called time on his international career after excelling for the Black Stars at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.The AC Milan star claimed combining club duties with the national team was taken a toll on his health and decided to hang his international boot.There have been calls for the 25-year-old to return to the team and boost their chances of qualifying to their third successive World Cup.The veteran broadcaster who has launched a campaign to have the player rescind his decision claims he will be involved at some point in the qualifying campaign and predicts he will score two goals against the Chipolopolo at home.“Kevin-Boateng will play for the Black Stars. He will play in the game against Zambia and will score two goals,” Amoaning predicted on Happy FM “The people who were unhappy with his decision to quit will be the same who will hail him.“We’re doing lots of work in the background and I know what I’m talking about.“I have said time without number that we need him in the team. I’m hoping he will even play in the return leg against Sudan.“The people who matter at the FA know we need him and if he doesn’t suffer any injuries I’m positive he might even play in the game return game against Sudan.”“The road to Brazil is difficult and we need all our best players in the team to ensure we secure qualification,” he added “Don’t forget we’ll be involved in the difficult play-offs if we top our group and so there is lots of work to be done.”Sulley Muntari has hinted his AC Milan colleague could stage a return to the Black Stars in the foreseeable future.The former Germany Under-20 midfielder has been a keen follower of the Black Stars since he retired from the national team two years ago.last_img read more

100-plus cats seized from man’s home

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first_imgPALMDALE – A Palmdale man accused of animal hoarding was cooperative, but seemed indifferent to health and safety concerns when confronted by authorities Monday night after more than 100 cats were removed from his home earlier in the day, the lead investigator assigned to the case said Wednesday. Tom Simpson, 48, is accused of keeping feral cats in his home in the 37900 block of Antibes Court in unsanitary conditions – a situation that posed health risks, said Walter Jimison, a Palmdale code enforcement officer. County animal control and health and safety officers removed 116 cats – including two that were dead – from the home Monday, Jimison said. Authorities were unable to remove an additional 20 or so felines living in walls. Simpson was permitted a few hours to remove personal items from the condemned property, Jimison said. Simpson, who works for a real estate broker, was not jailed, but will face felony animal cruelty charges. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “He seemed very coherent, but he really didn’t seem to grasp the totality of the situation,” Jimison said. Jimison said building and safety officials told him it would cost about $75,000 to $150,000 to rehabilitate the home, a project that will probably take months. He said Simpson’s mortgage lender assigned investigators to evaluate the home’s condition Monday. Jimison said Simpson’s permission will be needed to set up traps in the home to remove the remaining cats. [email protected] (661) 267-7802last_img read more