More and more companies are becoming painfully aware of the value of data. Every eighth company in Europe has been the victim of a cyber incident in recent years. In 2016, there were over 4,000 attacks using blackmail software - an increase of 300 percent over the previous year.
In the summer of 2017, companies around the world were the victims of mass attacks with malicious programmes such as WannaCry or Petya / NotPetya. These malware programmes affected computers, paralysed production lines, railway displays and hospitals. Only after the payment of ransom money were operations allowed to continue.
According to the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), seven out of ten organisations in Germany were also affected by cyber attacks in recent years. Every second successful attack led to production or operational failures.
Added to that were costs for the investigation of the incidents and the restoration of the IT systems, as well as damage to firms' reputations.
The complexity of the attacks and the sophistication of malicious cyberspace operations are constantly increasing. Which is why many of these attacks remain undetected for a long time.
On average, it takes 221 days for an attack to be detected (IBM / Ponemon 2017). During this time, the intruder has time to steal data or manipulate the computer system undisturbed. The EU has warned of a sharp increase in cyber attacks (source: ENISA Threat Landscape Report 2017).