Chinese authorities have reported arrests of 460 computer hackers so far this year, an 80% increase compared with 2009.
This is effectively an admission by China that like many Western countries, large numbers of IT-literate people are becoming hackers, said Claire Sellick, event director for Infosecurity Europe.
This week, US diplomatic cables published through whistleblowing site Wikileaks charged that Chinese authorities ordered hackers to access Google's internal IT systems.
"The crucial thing to remember is that the rise of the internet means that the world has become a global village, meaning it just as easy for hackers in a Chinese city to attack a company IT resource in the UK, as it is for a hacker elsewhere in the UK," said Sellick.
The internet, she said, has changed many aspects of the IT and business world, and not all changes have been for the better.
It's against this backdrop that it has become imperative for organisations to deploy the very best security technology to defend their digital data assets, said Sellick.
Keeping up to speed with these trends, as well as abreast of the latest security defence technologies and strategies, has almost become a full-time job, she said.
Infosecurity Europe 2011 is to take place at Earls Court, London, between 19 and 21 April.