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Poor IT security afflicts one in two companies

Around half of IT decision makers in German companies do not believe that their company is adequately protected against cyberattacks; many are also not clear on the potential threats.

22 Apr. 2019
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Poor IT security afflicts one in two companies (Chart: AO Kaspersky Lab.)

Although approximately 80% of the companies that responded to a recent survey by Russian software firm Kaspersky already have measures in place to combat IT threats to their infrastructure, many of the departments responsible assess the situation as critical: More than half of IT decision makers state that their company’s security guidelines are inadequate. According to Kaspersky, this is not only the case in SMEs, but in large corporations too. 79% of respondents would also like more detailed information on the individuals behind the attacks.

These findings are consistent with the assessment of internal training measures: Only around half of the companies surveyed provide prevention training or IT security training for all employees. A good half of the IT decision makers said that cyberattacks are becoming more sophisticated, which makes them harder to trace. Resolute action is therefore urgently required: The implementation of increasingly expansive Industry 4.0 technologies is constantly increasing the threat of external attacks .

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