By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at China Weekly News -- New research on Global Information Technology is the subject of a report. According to news reporting out of Auckland, New Zealand, by VerticalNews editors, research stated, "Social engineering is becoming the most prevalent strategy used by hackers today. With continually blossoming e-commerce activity on the web, customers adopting online banking services will become prime targets for such hackers."
Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the University of Auckland, "As such, banks have a responsibility to contain this issue in order to sustain their competitive advantage. Most banks have security policies that manifest their strategy to counter hackers and yet social engineering attacks are rampant. In this study, we analyse the security policies of online banks from 11 countries in the Asia-Pacific region (APAC) region using content analysis to assess their preparedness to handle social engineering attacks. The results show that, except for phishing, there is a dearth of information regarding new and emerging trends in such attacks. The findings also show that although the majority of security best practices include preventive measures, they were presented as 'general tips."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Without specifying the context of an attack providing these tips can be seen as an ineffective way of presenting information."
For more information on this research see: Social Engineering Preparedness of Online Banks: An Asia-Pacific Perspective. Journal of Global Information Technology Management, 2013;16(4):21-46. Journal of Global Information Technology Management can be contacted at: Ivy League Publ, 4573 Rutherford Dr, PO Box 680392, Marietta, GA 30068, USA.
Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting K. Ivaturi, University of Auckland, Dept. of Informat Syst & Operat Management, Auckland 1, New Zealand.
Keywords for this news article include: Asia, China, Auckland, Engineering, Australia and New Zealand, Global Information Technology
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