Asean's cyber defences in need of more guards

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Just weeks ago, the Marriott hotel group disclosed that it had been the victim of a massive data breach, with the loss of records on more than 500 million guests to hackers. Investigations are continuing and signs point to the breach being a state-sponsored operation.

Whatever the outcome of the probe, the scale of the theft should be a spur to Asean in getting its act together in the area of cyber security. There is much at stake.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 13, 2018, with the headline Asean's cyber defences in need of more guards. Subscribe