9 in 10 spread-out firms that use dev containers faced cyberattacks

About nine in every 10 (89%) of geo-distributed companies that use container development methods in the Asia-Pacific region experienced cybersecurity incidents in the last 12 months according to the latest Kaspersky study. 

These organizations, who used containers and/or Kubernetes, faced a wide range of cyber incidents with catastrophic results including confidential data leaks (42%), financial losses (49%), and decreased customer trust (34%).

Kaspersky commissioned a global market research study, surveying 1,000 network and information security decision makers across six regions. Among respondents, 30 percent are from the APAC countries of Singapore, China, Japan, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

More than nine in every 10 (94%) companies in APAC with multi-site networks that took part in the study had in-house IT development teams, with 87% of them using a container development method. 

Of those using container methods, 89% reported experiencing cybersecurity incidents related to containers and/ or Kubernetes in the last 12 months.

The consequences of the cyber incidents experienced by these companies were severe — 42% of them led to confidential data leaks, 49% caused financial losses, and 34% resulted in the loss of customer trust. 

Respondents reported the primary reasons for the attacks were errors in configurations (40%), flaws in runtime security process (34%), and late detection of malware in containers (29%).

“The findings from our study underscore the critical importance of implementing robust security measures to safeguard against confidential data leaks and other cyberthreats in hybrid cloud and containerized environments,” said Timofey Titkov, head of cloud and network security product line at Kaspersky.

“As organisations continue to expand their digital footprint, proactive security measures are essential to mitigate risks and maintain customer trust,” said Titkov.