Although the information security budget among Asia Pacific manufacturers is set to increase at a faster pace compared to other regions, manufacturers here are generally less concerned about their IT security budgets.

This is due to a lack of knowledge about the potential security risks that exist in today’s interconnected world, according to the IDC Security Survey - Asia Pacific Manufacturing Results: Are we doing enough?

The study states that a shockingly high percentage of Asian manufacturers do not know how many security events have occurred in their organizations in the past 12 months (58.3%) or the nature of the events (63.9%). These figures are higher than the worldwide average of 55.1% and 54.2% respectively.

However, when respondents were asked to assess their organizations’ information security measures, three quarters of the manufacturers in this region say that they are very or extremely confident that the information held by their organizations is protected from external (77.8%) and internal (69.4%) attacks.

Dr. William Lee, Senior Research Manager, IDC Manufacturing Insights Asia Pacific says: “The disconnect between perception and reality suggests that Asia Pacific manufacturers are not as aware of their security risks and threats as they think. Clearly, manufacturers in this region need to step up their awareness programs to get up to speed on their knowledge of the security risks and countermeasures that exist today.”

This study also yielded positive findings. Compared to five years ago, information security has moved up the management hierarchy due to a combination of factors, including increasing challenges in the new economy, the rise in cybercrime and the growing complexity of terrorist threats.

The survey results from this study show that 33.3% of Asia manufacturers indicated that their organizations' top security executive now reports directly to the CEO, while the rest (almost 70%) reported to either the CIO, CTO, CFO or board of directors, clearly signifying a rise in the rank of Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) as part of the C-Suite.

Advancements in IT such as Web 2.0 and cloud computing technologies have enabled a more productive organization in the manufacturing sector. However, these IT enablers also open up more risks to security.

“Moving ahead, manufacturers should align their security strategies with business goals and direction to reduce the potential damage and loss caused by security attacks,” advises Dr. Lee.

Source: IDC Manufacturing Insights