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Asia Pacific SME cyber preparedness report 2019 — Ignorance is risk

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The Chubb Asia Pacific SME cyber preparedness report - ‘Ignorance is risk’, revealed that Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) across Australia, Hong Kong SAR, Malaysia and Singapore remain unprepared to manage cyber risks, with a disconnect between perceived and actual risk. 81% of SMEs appeared confident that they are prepared to face cyber attacks; yet 55% of them are, in fact, unaware of all the cyber threats they face.

The regional report also showed that 48% of SMEs had spent time improving cyber risk management, with only 46% having a data breach response plan. The lack of preparedness is heightened by the high number of actual cyber incidents affecting SMEs in the past 12 months - more than two-thirds (68%) of SMEs across the four markets experienced a cyber incident.


Key findings

  • 23% of SME leaders identified employees as the biggest weakness in their cyber defence.
  • Human error is the cause of 36% of the cyber incidents.
  • Less than half (48%) of SMEs notified affected parties following a data breach.
  • 40% of SMEs have never had cyber insurance. 



Asia Pacific SME cyber preparedness report 2019 - Ignorance is Risk

We look at the types of cyber incidents SMEs in Australia, Hong Kong SAR, Malaysia & Singapore are facing, what their attitudes are towards these risks, and how they are managing the out-fall from incidents. 

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