Fortinet: Cyber ​​intrusion affects operations of 50 Malaysian operational technology organizations

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022 8:41 PM MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, September 20 – Global cybersecurity firm Fortinet has revealed that a total of 50 organizations involved in the operational technology (OT) industry in Malaysia have experienced an impact on their operations due to a cyber intrusion.

Fortinet Malaysia Country Director Dickson Woo said the number represents 100% of Malaysian OT organizations surveyed in its latest 2022 Global State of Operations and Cybersecurity Report released today.

The report found that all OT organizations surveyed had experienced at least one breach in the last 12 months, with the top three types of intrusions encountered being phishing emails, malware, and insider breaches.

“76% of local organizations also expressed high-level concern about ransomware in OT environments.

“These alarming results call for an urgent need for local organizations to review their cybersecurity strategies and adopt industry best practices,” he told reporters during a briefing here today.

The report also revealed that 59% of the local organizations surveyed experienced an outage that affected productivity and 92% of Malaysian OT organizations took up to a few hours to get back up and running, while some took up to months to recover.

Woo said Fortinet is committed to fortifying Malaysians against emerging cybersecurity threats for a next generation of resilient businesses.

“As a cybersecurity company, we work with government agencies to come up with some form of collaboration or strategy on what to do to prevent this type of intrusion,” he added. — Bernama

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