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Organisations need to step up their game as data leak becomes recurring issue

22/09/2022 04:21 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 22 (Bernama) -- Organisations need to step up their game to implement a data loss prevention system to plug vulnerabilities in their infrastructure as data leakage has become a recurring issue, both globally and in Malaysia, Palo Alto Networks, a United States cybersecurity company said today.

The recent incident in Malaysia is a group of hackers, code-named "grey hat”, breaking into the civil servants' ePaySlip system and extracting nearly two million payslips and tax forms.

“Organisations must develop an effective security strategy to uphold the integrity of their data while it is at rest, in use, and in motion.

“By upgrading defences consistently to keep up with the evolving threats, IT teams can stay ahead of the attack curve and minimise the risks associated with such attacks,” Palo Alto Networks, Principal, Unit 42 Threat Intelligence, JAPAC, Vicky Ray said in a statement.

Among others, Palo Alto is also recommending that organisations centralise security management efforts such as threat detection and security alerts, control user activities with the least privilege given and implement multi-factor authentication besides email, for the verification of third-party applications.

According to Palo Alto Networks 2022 Unit 42 Ransomware Threat Report, cybercriminals increasingly turned to the dark web “leak sites” to post the leaked data, in addition to demanding ransom from their victims.

The research also found that last year, 2,566 organisations’ data were leaked on the dark web globally, an 85 per cent increase from the previous year.


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