A year-long investigation by US security company Mandiant indicates many Asian organisations are badly defended against cyber-attacks.
The findings show that the median time between a breach and its discovery within Asian firms was 520 days, a figure that is three times the global average.
The region was also 80% more likely to be targeted by hackers than other parts of the world, according to the report.
As part of the study, Mandiant hacked into one organisation’s network with its permission to see how vulnerable it was.
They were able to access the system within three days. In real circumstances, such breaches lead to an average of 3.7GB of data being stolen, potentially allowing personal information to be used for fraudulent purposes and even compromising a country’s economic competitiveness or national security, according to Mandiant.