In most cases of cyber-attacks on companies, the communication data considered as critical that usually flows off is emails, customer and financial data. According to a recent Bitkom study from September 2018, almost half of all industrial companies, (48 %), have suffered damages from cyber-attacks in the last two years and most cases are about communication data theft. Every fifth company has suffered from customer or financial data loss (21 % and 20 % respectively) as a result of cyber-attacks. Patents as well as research and development findings, on the other hand, fell into criminal hands in only one in ten companies.
For the purpose of this survey, the digital association Bitkom interviewed 503 managing directors and security officers from all industries and sectors. The figures that have been published are quite interesting. The most striking finding: On average, 70 % of the small and medium-sized companies had to admit that they had become victims or had probably become victims of criminal attacks in the past two years. The group of companies with 100 up to 499 employees, scored really bad: 73 % of these companies were affected by data theft, sabotage or espionage. Companies with more than 500 employees are best off – but only in comparison with the rest respondents, as “only” 60 % of these companies fell victim to cyber-attacks.