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Research conducted by BSI for Cybersecurity Awareness month provides a snapshot of the cyber resilience of European organizations. Three key areas were highlighted within the research… 

Counteracting the cyber threat

Preparation is vital when it comes to counteracting the cyber threat and awareness training and ongoing testing is crucial for organizations. While 73 percent of organizations who responded to the BSI research said that they were concerned about cyber security and were seeking solutions, alarmingly one in six organizations highlighted that they had no plan in place. When asked if their organization was undertaking cyber security testing, over a third stated that they weren’t, however, 59 percent revealed that they were engaging in end-user security awareness programmes.  

Rise in data breaches and cyber attacks

The BSI research highlighted that data breaches have been experienced by 39 percent of organizations. Data processing has been a focus area this year with the introduction of the GDPR, with 45 percent of organizations stating that they had a good understanding of their data landscape since it was implemented on 25th May. 68 percent of the respondents, with the increased knowledge in place, had conducted a high-level IT risk assessment in their organization, with one in five having a documented and tested incident response plan (IRP) in place. 

Pitfalls in migration of data

Cloud migration and cloud security has continued to grow and evolve this year however there are pitfalls to be aware of as part of an organization’s cloud migration journey. Shadow IT remains a key concern for businesses with 68 percent of respondents stating data loss is the main threat, followed by unauthorized applications (15 percent) and unauthorized devices (9 percent) as well as data residency (8 percent). 45 percent of organizations have engaged with additional security controls based on the requirements of their cloud systems. 

About the research

Over 300 European organizations took part in the BSI research. The research was carried out as part of the BSI Cybersecurity and Information Resilience Emerging Trends series which included webinars on: Advanced Ransomware/Malware; Cloud Migration and Cloud Security; The Rise in Data Breaches.

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