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Survey by BITKOM: Every second German enterprise victim of digital attacks

Survey by BITKOM: Every second German enterprise victim of digital attacks

BITKOM published a survey on 16 April indicating that half of responding enterprises reported having been digitally attacked (in addition to more than a quarter of enterprises suspecting so).

Yearly damage is estimated to surpass EUR 50 billion in Germany alone.


Some 20% of cases were social engineering attacks, and another 17% aimed directly at obtaining sensitive data.

More than half of respondents indicated that current or former employees were responsible for attacks; another 40% report to have been attacked by persons with insider knowledge in their business environment (multiple answers possible).

The report also lists the different types of costs associated to a digital attack - but particularly points to a "soft factor with great weight": reputation damages that can threaten the very existence of an enterprise, similar to what I have insinuated in a recent blog post on Data Leaks: Internal Threats, Incidence, and Damages.

BITKOM is the (German) Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media: Home - BITKOM

The BITKOM summary is available online (German language): Digitale Angriffe auf jedes zweite Unternehmen (Presseinformationen)

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