With the changing security threat landscape in Asia Pacific, implementing risk mitigation strategies and data security has never been more crucial. Organisations in Singapore and beyond need to address the risks and costs involved with digital investigations into data breaches, while building the capabilities required to acquire, manage and analyse massive data sets.

In this interview with Consultancy.asia, Eddie Toh, Partner, Head of Forensic Technology, Asia Pacific, at KPMG in Singapore discusses how e-discovery and digital forensics play a pivotal role in all stages of cybersecurity from prevention and detection to facilitating a quicker recovery from a data breach/cyber-attack crisis.

Talking about the steps organisations should take to protect their data and be better prepared for cyber-attacks, he highlights that organisations should first identify what data is important to them and then determine how to govern it.

The mandatory data breach notification law in Singapore has also cast the spotlight on the way companies approach cybersecurity and data protection. This has led to companies putting more attention into protecting business and client data, and how to react and recover from a cyber incident.

However, he points out that not all companies are implementing what’s required to get to a baseline that can protect them from data breaches and cyber-attacks. Aside from cost, building capabilities is also a challenge.

As the boundaries between the digital world and physical blur, organisations need to understand the threats they face, how to defend against them and respond quickly and effectively to any incident. KPMG in Singapore offers a wide range of cyber services that address such concerns. These encompass maturity and risk assessments, threat modelling, vulnerability assessments, penetration testing, compliance audits, threat hunting, red or purple teaming, cyber security exercises, incident response and training.