5 Regulatory Compliance Tips for Behavior- Based Endpoint Security in APAC

Endpoint security is a growing concern for businesses as they embrace hybrid work and connected devices. Behavior-based protections are an excellent solution but pose some challenges. The Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, in particular, faces changing regulatory environments that may complicate things.

Behavior-based security learns how different endpoints act, enabling automatic alerts when activity falls outside the norm. That way, APAC organizations can prevent breaches like the Medibank incident which exposed 9.7 million customers’ data in 2022. However, you must also gather lots of data to make behavioral analytics possible, introducing regulatory concerns.


Data privacy considerations don’t mean you should avoid behavior-based endpoint security. Rather, they require more attention to applicable regulations. You can make room for this compliance by following these five steps.

1. Review Relevant Regulations

The first and most important step is to review what regulations may apply to your operations. Talk to a legal expert to determine which laws your business falls under in terms of cybersecurity and data privacy.


Keep in mind that you may have to comply with laws from multiple nations. For example, Australia and Singapore impose stricter data regulations that apply to any data of their citizens, not just businesses within their borders. So, local laws anywhere you have customers or employees likely apply to you.


When you must comply with differing regulations, prioritize whichever has the most stringent requirements. Applying the strictest of your applicable laws will make it easier to remain safe under all of them.


2. Consider What Data You Collect

Next, you should consider the kinds of information you collect to enable behavioral analytics. Generally, it’s best only to gather data necessary for your endpoint solution to work properly. You may need to analyze individual endpoints’ access permissions, but you likely don’t need details like users’ names or addresses.


Minimizing the amount of personally identifiable information (PII) you collect will reduce liability under many regulations. Be sure you consider where you store this data, too. While 82% of organizations are confident in the cloud’s security, you should know where your cloud data centers are. Some nations have their own privacy laws about the information you store in data centers there.

3. Inform Affected Users

While specific data privacy regulations vary across APAC, most involve some amount of user consent. Consequently, you should inform any affected users about the endpoint data you may collect and how you use it.


In many cases, these statements must accompany an option to opt out of data collection. At the same time, more data will enable a more reliable behavior-based security system. Given these competing interests, you should emphasize how data collection improves safety for the end user. That way, they can make the most informed decisions.


An opt-out clause also means you must be able to delete data from a specific endpoint or user at any time. This is only possible if you understand where all your information is, so it’s best to build a comprehensive data map ahead of time.


4. Keep Thorough Records

As you build a behavior-based endpoint security system, remember to keep detailed documentation. Record how your solution works, what data it uses, and any incidents it helped address. These logs are an important part of the cybersecurity disclosures many APAC jurisdictions require.

IT products and services in Singapore, for example, must meet established security requirements to achieve certification. Detailed records on how your endpoint protections work will streamline this process. Many other nations — like Australia, Thailand, and Japan — also have breach notification laws. In-depth record-keeping will help you comply with these standards.

5. Update Policies Regularly

Finally, you must recognize that these requirements will change over time. Cybersecurity is an ever-evolving industry, and the APAC tech sector is likewise rapidly growing. Consequently, what’s compliant today may not be tomorrow.

In late 2023 and early 2024 alone, at least four nations — Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, and Malaysia — updated their cybersecurity legislation. Keep a close eye on the jurisdictions you fall under for these updates. You may have to adjust the types of data your system collects, how you use that data, or other practices as regulations change.

Behavior-Based Endpoint Security Is Effective but Challenging

Behavior-based endpoint security is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it enables faster responses and more effective prevention, which can help comply with tighter cybersecurity laws. On the other, it can entail more data collection and introduce compliance issues with privacy regulations.

The balance between privacy and safety is a delicate but crucial one. These five steps will help you comply with relevant regulations in the APAC region while ensuring higher security.

*This article is provided by April Miller from Rehack.

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