January 26, 2017
Cyberattacks in France both doubled and decreased by 47% in 2016 (!!!) according to two opposing surveys recently published.
According to The Global State of Information Security® Survey 2017 recently published by PWC in collaboration with CSO and CIO, cyberattacks on French companies fell by 47% in 2016 compared with 2015.
4165 cyberattacks were detected in France during 2016, an average of 11 attacks daily, down 47% on 2015 (over 20 attacks daily).
However, an article published in French newspaper Les Echos last Tuesday claims the opposite, namely that cyberattacks on French companies more than doubled in 2016 (an average of 29 attacks) in comparison with 2015 (13 attacks).
This data was taken from a recently published survey (in French) by CESIN (Technical and digital security experts club) which is composed of the security experts of 280 French companies. The survey states that 46% of French companies saw an increase in cyberattacks in 2016 (which means that 54% of companies saw no increase!).
The PWC survey gives the average number of attacks per day while the CESIN survey gives the average number of attacks per company in 2016. How is it possible for the average number of daily attacks to fall by almost 50% while the average number of attacks per company doubled?. Was one survey limited to those experiencing an increase in cyberattacks while the other was limited to those experiencing a decrease?
Confused? So are we!
Both surveys however agree on one point. Cybersecurity, data protection and privacy are of paramount importance to most companies and more and more are turning to cloud based solutions.
An average of 3.9 million euros were spent on security systems in 2016 and this figure is set to rise in 2017.