A common problem in Asia that experts pointed to was the use of outdated technology by many organizations - both private and public.
Microsoft's Dhakad said it was critical for government agencies, businesses and individual users to understand they cannot hold on to older technology. "Those technologies were brilliant at the time they were created."
For example, many automated teller machines (ATM) were vulnerable to being hacked because they still relied on outdated operating systems such as Windows XP, which is threat-prone since Microsoft ended support for it in 2014. That meant Microsoft could not release any new security updates to protect the operating system from new threats.
Another issue that is widespread in Asia is the use of non-genuine, or pirated, software, which studies show criminals are taking advantage of.
A hacker could, for example, install a malware - the generic term for malicious software - inside an unlicensed software. When a user installed it on their computer, it could immediately compromise the security of the device, and the hacker could gain access to it.
In May, a report from BSA | The Software Alliance — an advocacy group that was set up to tackle software piracy — showed there was a strong connection between cyber-attacks and the use of unlicensed software.
Asia Pacific, the study showed, had the highest overall rate of unlicensed software installed on computers in 2015 at 61 percent.
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