Path to Cyber Readiness in APAC

Trellix, the cybersecurity company delivering the future of extended detection and response (XDR), today released a global Cyber Readiness Report gauging technology adoption and perceptions of government cybersecurity leadership related to cybersecurity standards and the cooperation between the public and private sectors.

The Trellix report shows 89 percent of respondents from India, Australia and Japan believe formalized, government-led initiatives can play an important role in improving their nations’ protection against cyber threats.

“Global tensions and cyber-warfare incidents in Ukraine sharpen our focus on the cyber readiness of government and critical infrastructure,” said Bryan Palma, CEO of Trellix. “Our report assesses the progress of new technology implementation, like XDR. It also identifies areas of opportunity for stronger public-private partnerships, where increased coordination will keep us ahead of our adversaries.”

Cybersecurity technology adoption. Among Japanese respondents, 32 percent claim to have fully implemented endpoint detection and response and extended detection and response (EDR-XDR) and cloud cybersecurity modernization. Zero trust and multifactor authentication (MFA) appeared to be close behind with 31 percent and 29 percent respectively.

Thirty-two percent of Indian respondents claim to have fully implemented cloud cybersecurity modernization. The cyber defense technologies lagging furthest behind within this group appear to be zero trust architectures and EDR-XDR with only 25 percent and 22 percent fully deployed respectively.  Thirty-one percent of Australian respondents reported fully deploying EDR-XDR solutions. Technologies lagging further behind include cloud cybersecurity modernization (24 percent), MFA (24 percent) and zero trust (16 percent).

Software Supply Chain Risk.

Sixty-four percent of Australians, 59 percent of Indians and 52 percent of Japanese surveyed support government mandates demanding cybersecurity standards for software. But respondents from all three countries are concerned there could be drawbacks to such mandates.

Fifty-one percent of Indian respondents believe such mandates could result in government requirements that are too complex and ultimately too expensive to implement. Around half of Australian respondents believe government software security mandates will be too complex and expensive to implement and that government timelines will be difficult to meet. Roughly the same percentages of Japanese are also concerned about the costs and complexity of such mandates.

Cyber Skills Challenges

Sixty percent of Indian respondents and 45 percent of Japanese respondents identified a lack of implementation expertise as one of the biggest barriers to implementation. Forty-nine percent of Australian respondents and 42 percent of Japanese repondents identified a lack of in-house staff resources as one of their biggest barriers. These findings mirrored cybersecurity skills shortages in the U.S. and Europe.

Palma continued: “The cyber skills gap is well known; the report highlights the deficit is stifling the deployment of cybersecurity technology. Whatever innovation advantage the U.S. and its allies believe we have is irrelevant if we cannot implement the solutions.”

Public-Private Partnerships. Ninety-three percent of Indians, 90 percent of Australians and 85 percent of Japanese surveyed believe there is room for improvement in the level of cybersecurity partnerships between their national governments and organizations.

Fifty-nine percent of Indians surveyed believe their government could provide more funding to organizations such as theirs to improve cybersecurity, and 53 percent favor tighter cooperation on the investigation of attacks following their discovery.

The study, based on research conducted globally by Vanson Bourne, surveyed 900 cybersecurity professionals from organizations with 500 or more employees, including 200 respondents in India, Australia and Japan.