Nearly 90 Percent of European Organizations Fear Cyberattack Within A Year

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Of all European organizations, 88 percent expect to experience a cyber attack in the next 12 months. This is according to research by security specialist Trend Micro.


The risk of such attacks has increased from 80 percent to 88 percent in the past year, according to Trend Micro’s Cyber Risk Index. “Once again, we have found enough results to keep the CISOs (Chief Information Security Officers) of this world busy.

The threat ranges from operational and infrastructure risks to data protection, threat activity and human challenges,” said Jon Clay, Vice President of Threat Intelligence at Trend Micro.

The survey also found that cloud computing is one of the biggest security threats to infrastructure. In the European organizations surveyed, that risk scored an 8.12 out of ten. Moreover, many respondents admitted that they spend “significant resources” on managing risks from third parties, such as cloud providers. Lack of qualified personnel, complexity and negligent insiders are other significant risks to infrastructure, it appears.

Also worth noting: 22 percent of European organizations experienced at least seven separate cyberattacks in the past year, in which networks and/or systems were infiltrated. That is three percent more than in 2020. In the Benelux, the average was four separate cyber attacks.

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