Cathay Pacific

Why Cathay Pacific is also a victim in data breach case: that’s the reality of our times

  • Asia must upgrade its protection of personal data, as such attacks will only happen more regularly, given the sophistication of hackers
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 14 November, 2018, 1:06pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 14 November, 2018, 1:06pm

The cyberattack on Cathay Pacific is a reality of the times in which we live. The sophistication and organisation of hackers means they will always continue to find ways to hack corporate or government systems with increasing regularity and ease (“Cathay Pacific cyberattack far worse than thought, carrier admits”, November 12).

The United Kingdom has recently completed implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation to comply with the standardisation of data protection laws across all 28 European Union countries, which imposes strict new rules on controlling and processing personally identifiable information. It is time for Asia to adopt similar standards (“GDPR is here: Mess up and we’ll fine you, warns EU privacy chief”, May 25).

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Cathay Pacific is a victim of an attack carried out by stealth on a business that has invested heavily in data protection. The airline will continue to invest, but the reality is that outmanoeuvring those intent on harm will never be foolproof.

Mark Peaker, The Peak