Nearly 78% of organizations worldwide expect a successful cyberattack in the next 12 months, according to a new Trend Micro report May 4.
This percentage is particularly surprising given that the report calculates cyber risk levels to improve from elevated to moderate for the first time. report said.
This report surveyed IT security professionals from over 3,500 agencies around the world. 78% of all participants said they expected a successful cyberattack within the next 12 months. Despite the improvement in global cyber risk, this proportion remains high, although the proportion is down 7% from the first half of 2022.
Nearly 70% of participants said they are likely to experience a customer data breach within the next 12 months. Another 69% said a data breach of critical data could occur in the next year.
Global cyber risk is improving
Trend Micro calculates global cyber risk based on an in-house developed metric, the Cyber Risk Index (CRI). The CRI scale ranges from -10 to +10, with -10 representing the highest risk and +10 indicating the most secure environment.
The CRI consists of the Cyber Readiness Index and the Cyber Threat Index. The former represents an organization’s on-hand ability to defend against cyberattacks, while the latter measures the state of cyberthreats at the time of the calculation.
According to the report, the CRI index improved from “high risk” to “medium risk” for the first time since Trend Micro began publishing these reports. It also showed positive values for the first time with a CRI score of +0.01. This score was -0.15 in the first half of 2022.
Jon Clay, Vice President of Threat Intelligence at Trend Micro, commented on these findings:
“For the first time since conducting these surveys, we see that the global cyber risk index has not only improved, but moved into positive territory at +0.01.
This means that organizations may be taking steps to improve their cyber preparedness. ”
Breaking down CRI scores based on region placed Europe and Asia-Pacific on the positive side with +0.12 and +0.05 respectively.
On the other hand, North America and Latin America were negative at -0.10 and -0.03 respectively.
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