Cybertron Indicates Cyber Threats Aim at Key National Infrastructures
Suggesting 3 Guidelines to Prompt Organizations for Future Threats
Bangkok – 14 June 2016 – Cybertron alerts that cyber threats are aiming at national infrastructure as the websites of government agencies in Thailand are facing almost 20,000 web defacements. All organizations need to execute 3 processes to prevent future cyber threats. It also announces the collaboration with Snoc, the provider of Cloud-based DDoS Protection Service.
Mr. Prinya Hom-anek, CEO and Managing Director of Cybertron Co., Ltd. (the provider of cyber threat alerting service), said “The current numbers of cyber threats is increasing and the attacks aim at computer system controlling key infrastructure of the country, financial and banking institutes, and working systems for public services. The attacks are done through vulnerabilities in operating systems, browsers and applications. The malware attacks are also being developed with constant changes in attacking patterns.
For Thailand, the numbers of cyber threats are sharply increasing because computer systems in Thailand will be used as bases to attack other agencies or countries. These attacks create damages in terms of resources, images and national confidence. The most prominent sample is Web Defacements which are accounted at almost 20,000 hits among government agencies or almost half of Web Defacements of websites registered in Thailand.
Besides the risks to Web Defacements, other cyber threat includes Ransomware which demands ransom to get access to data. This could disrupt workflows and steal personal data to hackers so confidential data and working processes of targeted computers could be hacked. In other word, the attacking method “DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service)” will disrupt services.
“It is clear that we can no longer avoid cyber attacks, especially when we are currently entering digital economy. Therefore, organizations need to actively get ready, prevent and handle these threats.”
Mr. Prinya continued, “Organizations should rely on the following 3 guidelines based on NIST Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity:
- ‘Identify & Protect’ to focus on prevention by monitoring possible system vulnerabilities and performing penetration testing. In case vulnerabilities are found, security improvement must be executed.
- ‘Detect’ to focus on real-time alerts by monitoring and analyzing advanced threats, gathering and studying intelligences and staying active on possible threats
- ‘Respond’ to focus on responding threats on real-time basis, preparing Incident Response
Plans, digital investigations and forensic science, analyzing threat origin and collaborating with related parties for legal processes.”
Today, when it comes to cyber security, individuals and organizations will focus only on ‘Protect’ and ignore ‘Detect’ and ‘Respond’ which are critical to current and future situation as they could enable organizations to integrate preparations to sustainably handle threats.
Cybertron’s services focus on alerts on cyber threats under the concept “Responsive Security” which involves “time” as a variable for services during prevention, monitoring and responding processes. Cybertron can enhance the preparations for cyber threats in the future with service like “Cyber 911” to handle processes ranging from traffic logs to threat analysis and alerts as well as performing Incident Response Plans.
Mr. Prinya went on that Cybertron is now teaming up with Snoc to offer consultation services on one-stop cyber securities. Snoc is an expert on prevention of DDoS which could cause high level of damages for business organizations at the alarming rate.
Mr. Visrut Manunpon, Chief Technical Officer of Secure Network Operation Center Co., Ltd. (Snoc) (the provider of cloud-based DDoS protection), said “DDoS is one of the most destructive threats for computer system as it disrupts services of servers and networks or create bottlenecks for connection. This attack simultaneously strikes from multiple points. According to Gartner Group, the average cost of network downtime was USD 5,600 or 200,000 baht per minute in 2014. The survey by Ponemon Institute showed that DDoS was ranked # 2 for the cause of Unplanned IT Outage. Moreover, it takes more than 2 hours for attacked organization to be aware that DDoS got them and over 80% of organizations in Thailand are not protected against DDoS.
Mr. Visrut added “Therefore, we offer DDoS protection service for all organizations, businesses and companies both public and private sectors in Thailand. We also introduce Snoc version 3.0 which prompts us as the first provider of DDoS protection service in Thailand for any platforms, whether it be website, DNS or applications.”
Snoc features 10 cloud-based networks across the globe with total connection channels of over 1.44 Tbps so customers do not need to install equipment, change ISP or migrate server.
He elaborated “With more patterns of cyber threats, we join force with Cybertron which is an expert on cyber security to offer comprehensive services in 3 steps including ‘Identify & Protect’, ‘Detect’ and ‘Respond’. Therefore, other threats can also be covered.”
In terms of sales volume of both companies, Mr. Prinya said “Total sales volume of Cybertron in 2016 would be 100 million baht and our target customers include financial institutions, banks, state enterprises, government and large enterprises.”
Mr. Visrut concluded “In 2016, our sales volume would hit 100 million baht from customers in financial, banking, government sectors as well as large enterprises. Moreover, we will tap new markets such as data centers and service providers of internet, online games, streaming and cloud system.”