On 2 October, Kaspersky teamed up with Small and Medium Enterprises Association Malaysia (SAMENTA) in an effort to bring cyber awareness to its members and employees.
The workshop session, hosted online by Kaspersky for SAMENTA’s members and employees, focuses on understanding the monetary aspects of cyberthreats to Malaysian small and medium enterprises (SMEs), identifying the common vulnerabilities in the SMEs eco-systems, finding the right professional security solutions, and deploying integrated cybersecurity practices amidst the current pandemic situation.
Globally, COVID-19 has wreaked havoc economies, hitting hard the SMEs. To survive the unprecedented challenges the pandemic brought about, SMEs embrace digitalisation to keep their businesses afloat. The increased online transactions also open opportunities for cybercriminals.
During the online session, Kaspersky team shared that, in the first half of this year, Kaspersky has foiled the most phishing attempts in the region against SMBs in Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam. Singapore tolled the fewest phishing emails in the region, but still witnessed an increase of 60.5% compared with the same period last year.
Speaking on the initiative for Malaysian SMEs, Yeo Siang Tiong, General Manager for Southeast Asia at Kaspersky says, “We are very much eager to align our promos and programs with the SMEs’ needs in Malaysia. This sector has been battered by COVID-19 and we have to help them as much as we can in protecting their assets.”
“It is important for us to hear, first-hand, the challenges SMEs face in terms of cybersecurity, to allow us to figure out how we can assist them better. We are honoured to partner with SAMENTA on this initiative and we believe that with secured tools and right knowledge, SMBs can survive this pandemic,” says Yeo Siang Tiong, General Manager for Southeast Asia at Kaspersky.
Datin Lorela Chia, Chairman, Central Region at Small and Medium Enterprises Association Malaysia (SAMENTA) says, “SMEs have been pushed to accelerate digitalisation in the past few months as they shift to WFH culture and cloud-based solutions.”
At the online event, the SAMENTA members learnt the various technologies and solutions from the global cybersecurity company – Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business and Kaspersky Automated Security Awareness Platform (ASAP). Kaspersky also offers SAMENTA members and their employees special packages of Kaspersky Antivirus, Kaspersky Internet Security, and Kaspersky Total Security.