Cybersecurity Threats in Indonesia: Addressing the Challenges

In 2023, Indonesia faced a staggering 50 million local cyber threats infecting devices, as reported by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky. During the same period, 41.1% of these threats successfully launched attacks.

Kaspersky detected a total of 51,261,542 local incidents on computers participating in the Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) in the country. Although this figure saw a decrease compared to 2020, it still exceeded the 50 million mark.

For instance, in 2022, there were 56,463,262 detected incidents, representing a 9.21% decrease compared to the previous year. The highest number of attacks was recorded in 2020, with over 111 million threats detected.

Indonesia ranked 66th globally in terms of local threat detection last year. Turkmenistan claimed the top spot, with 67.4% of users experiencing local threat attacks.

Kaspersky also revealed the causes behind these incidents, citing worm attacks and file viruses as the primary culprits.

In its official statement, Kaspersky addressed the challenges posed by the Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD) policy in the country. This policy presents a challenge in combating cybercrime threats as many employees use personal devices to connect to corporate networks. Unfortunately, this activity can pose threats if employees' devices are not adequately protected from cyber attacks.

Yeo Siang Tiong, General Manager of Kaspersky Southeast Asia, emphasized the importance of implementing security policies for all devices, regardless of the platform. He highlighted the need to protect personal devices used outside the company, such as smartphones and tablets, similar to the security measures applied to office networks.

"Therefore, we urge organizations to establish security policies that must be implemented on all devices, regardless of their platform, and traditional business security solutions cannot apply security rules and features to smartphones and tablets," said Yeo in his statement.

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