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Study on IT security: German companies fear cyber-attacks and negligent employees

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Study by COMPUTERWOCHE and CIO in cooperation with the IT company Cisco and the Security Association (ISC) 2 Chapter Germany./ 80 percent of companies have established an integrated IT security strategy / IT security budgets are rising

Munich, January 11, 2017 – German companies see the biggest risk to their own IT in cyber attacks. 74 percent rate the level of threat at this point as high or very high. This emerges from the current CISO security study, which was prepared by the IT specialist media COMPUTERWOCHE and CIO in cooperation with the IT company Cisco and the security trade association (ISC) 2 Chapter Germany. To this end, nearly 800 IT and IT security decision-makers in Germany were interviewed. As the second largest threat, nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of the experts consider any negligence on the part of their own employees. More than half of the companies (52 percent) are also afraid of industrial espionage.

To better protect against the threats, more than 80 percent of respondents have established a holistic IT security strategy in their company. Almost every tenth company plans to set up strategic security concepts or currently only takes isolated individual measures.

According to the study, only 60 percent of companies explicitly named individuals or departments solely responsible for information security.
40 percent have not set up a corresponding function. In most of these companies, the CIO is also responsible for information security. In 26 percent of the companies, the managing director takes on this task.

To increase the security of your own IT environment, almost every third company
(29 percent) increase its security budget over the next 12 months. In addition, just under half of the respondents (46 percent) said they were “possibly” investing additionally in IT security. Only three percent of companies want to forego further investment because they see themselves as “sufficiently protected”.

The complete CISO security study by COMPUTERWOCHE and CIO can be downloaded free of charge from http://www.idg.de/2hi3T3R .