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Recent Information Security Development in Hong Kong

Hon Keung YAU*

Systems Engineering and Engineering Management, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong

*Corresponding Author:
Hon Keung YAU
Systems Engineering and Engineering Management
City University of Hong Kong
Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong
E-mail: [email protected]

Received August 21, 2013; Accepted August 21, 2013; Published August 23, 2013

Citation: Hon Keung YAU (2013) Recent Information Security Development in Hong Kong. Adv Robot Autom 2:e113. doi:10.4172/2168-9695.1000e113

Copyright: © 2013 Hon Keung YAU. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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In the 21th century, increasing number of business uses computers in the daily business operation. Figure 1 shows that businesses become rely more and more on computers over the years. According to 2009 HK Annual Survey on Information Technology Usage and Penetration in the Business Sector, the usage of PC increased which is positively proportion with the size of companies. Around 99.4% of the large business had used PCs, 89.9% for medium business and 59.8% for small business. The percentage of establishments having Internet connection was 85.6% of medium business and 57.0% of small business respectively. This reflected that Internet had become an important means of communication in most of the establishments.


Figure 1: Penetration of PCs/Internet connection/websites/webpages in the business sector.

The advent of the IT revolution has bought the ability to gather, store, process and transfer large quantities of information over the internet and intranet. Unfortunately, this resulted a new challenges faced by businesses which is the protection of information. Information Security becomes hot issue, as it is the key ingredient that driving business, most businesses cannot function if this ingredient is not available or is unreliable. Availability, integrity and confidentiality of information are paramount concerns today.

IT Security

The findings of Symantec Corp 2009 SMB Disaster Preparedness Survey said that Hong Kong Small Medium Enterprise (SMEs) have the most casual attitude towards information though slightly more than 60% of them plan to increase IT security and storage in 2009 [1]. Although organizations have increased their spending on instituting information security controls, the number security breaches have not been decreased. Only 38% of them had “extreme importance on information protection” and 56% placed extreme importance on protecting the network, ranking the lowest across all Asian Pacific and Japan countries. Because of the casual attitude, information security incidents happened frequently in Hong Kong SMEs.

From Table 1, majority of establishments had information security incidents in the twelve months before enumeration. Most of them suffered from the following problem one to ten times: theft of information (100%), Computer Virus (99.1%), Hacking (98.9%), leakage of information (98.5%). And 97.5% of them had ay combinations of the above problems. It showed the problem about information security is serious.

  No of established having suffered from that type of information security incidents Number of information security incidents (%)
1-10 11-20 21-30 31-50 >50 unknown
Type of information security incidents(1)  
Computer Virus 37141 99.1 0.5 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
Denial of Service 2359 82.2 17.3 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.0
Hacking 2219 98.9 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0
Leakage of information 96 98.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.5
Theft of information 83 100.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Others 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Any combination of the Above 38350 97.5 1.8 0.3 0.2 0.1 0.1

Table 1: Distribution of establishments having suffered from information security incidents by the type of information.

Lack of information security tools and plans primary effect the privacy of businesses, sharp increase in the number of security violations resulted. At the same time, the confidence of their customers must be affected. From Symantec 2009 Survey, near 80% of SMEs in Hong Kong have changed vendors, as they felt their vendor's computers or technology systems were unreliable. So information security is really important to all businesses, especially SMEs.


To solve these problems, enterprises need to develop their methods and procedures to preserve the confidentiality and integrity of the information, so as to ensure the availability of the information systems and to enforce the accountability of the users.


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