CyberDirekt study: catch-up potential in terms of cyber security

A recent study by CyberDirekt, a platform for cyber threats and their protection, in cooperation with the Düsseldorf research institute INNOFACT shows that despite the high level of risk and media presence, the topic of cyber security is not yet in the minds of German company has arrived. Almost 42 percent of the companies surveyed have not yet sufficiently dealt with the issue, and around 70 percent deceptively do not feel threatened.


As part of the representative study “CyberDirekt risk situation 2022”, CyberDirekt and the Düsseldorf market research institute INNOFACT examined cyber security in German companies. In December 2021, a total of 511 representatives of small and medium-sized companies from the e-commerce (24), retail (94), construction (86), services (186) and IT (121) sectors were surveyed using an online questionnaire.</p >

Great catch-up potential

More than a quarter (27 percent) of the companies surveyed had already been the victim of a successful cyber attack at least once within the last two years. The average amount of damage for those affected was 193,697 euros. Most of the attacks were aimed at e-commerce companies: in this area, an above-average number of companies surveyed, around 46 percent, were victims of cyber attacks within the past two years.

According to the study, the most feared effect of a cyber attack is the total failure of one’s own IT systems – in retail at 70 percent and in e-commerce at 71 percent.

Despite everything, almost 42 percent of the companies surveyed have not yet sufficiently dealt with the subject. According to the study, around 70 percent do not currently (deceptively) feel threatened.

 

Greatest sources of danger

The “CyberDirekt risk situation 2022” lists weak passwords (57 percent) and the use of public WiFi networks (48.6 percent) as the greatest sources of cyber danger in the work environment. Passwords are changed regularly in just over half of the companies surveyed (51 percent). After all, 75 percent of them rely on up-to-date virus protection – so far, however, only a quarter (25 percent) regularly carry out a phishing test.

Source: CyberDirekt