Singapore SMEs taking risk of cyber attacks too lightly: Experts

Governments should be more careful about identifying the would-be culprits in cyberwars as such claims can have unintended consequences and can sometimes harm businesses, says the writer.
3 in 5 SMEs said they had suffered cyber-security breaches that resulted in business disruptions and data leaks over a 12-month period.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Even after SingHealth's high-profile data breach last year, many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Singapore are taking the risk of cyber attacks too lightly, warn experts.

The indifference is all the more striking as three in five SMEs said they had suffered cyber-security breaches that resulted in business disruptions and data leaks over a 12-month period.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 18, 2019, with the headline 'Singapore SMEs taking risk of cyber attacks too lightly: Experts'. Print Edition | Subscribe