The Biggest Threat To Your Ecommerce Business: New Report
In a new survey, organizations around the globe say cyber attacks and data breaches are the biggest threat to their business.
760 small and medium businesses based in 72 countries worldwide were surveyed in The 2015 BCI Horizon Scan Survey’s annual report.
82% of respondents said cyber attacks were their number one concern, with data breaches taking first place for almost three-quarters of those surveyed.
The alarm over cyber attacks and data breaches has steadily risen over the past three years, ranking third in 2013, then moving to second place in 2014 until it claimed first place in 2015.
According to the report,
Cyber threats are now seen as the top threat to businesses worldwide with 82% of participants stating that they are either ‘extremely concerned’ or ‘concerned’ about this.
The report said that the growing concern over cyber attacks “may be attributed to recent cyber attacks on organisations like Sony and the emergence of state actors perpetrating these attacks.”
Adding to the anxiety over cyber attacks is the rising cost of such attacks. The report references a 2014 Ponemon Institute study that estimates that the average annual cost of cyber attacks worldwide is an astonishing $7.6 million. That’s an increase of more than 10% from the previous year. Data breaches are costing businesses an average of $5.9 million, up from $5.4 million the year before, according to another study from the Ponemon Institute.
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