"Cybercrime keeps companies up at night" - Companies

“Cybercrime keeps companies up at night” – Companies

The digital explosion with the Covid pandemic puts cybersecurity at the top of their agenda. A FEB survey confirms this. Ministers Clarinval and De Sutter help SMEs.

Along with the shortage of jobs, this is one of the main concerns for businesses. Cybersecurity is now at the top of their agenda, in line with the accelerated development of the digitization of activities during the Covid pandemic. The subject had already been highlighted during the spring cocktail of Trends Tendances, in the presence of the Prime Minister, Alexander De Croo (Open VLD). Its urgency is confirmed by the FEB & Ageas TrendWatch 2022 survey, the results of which were presented this Thursday, August 11.

Along with the shortage of jobs, this is one of the main concerns for businesses. Cybersecurity is now at the top of their agenda, in line with the accelerated development of the digitization of activities during the Covid pandemic. The subject had already been highlighted during the spring cocktail of Trends Tendances, in the presence of the Prime Minister, Alexander De Croo (Open VLD). Its urgent nature is confirmed by the FEB & Ageas TrendWatch 2022 survey, the results of which were presented this Thursday, August 11. “Cybersecurity is the top priority for leaders of all ages, underlines FédéraFEB. Belgian workers. Also at the international level, this theme is considered one of the most striking trends. At a time when a pandemic has stimulated e-commerce and working from home, cybercriminals have been quick to take advantage of of this new situation. The figures speak for themselves.” In 2021, the Center for Cybersecurity Belgium received 4,574,463 suspicious messages and was able to block 1,433,731 suspicious URLs. “Having a good cybersecurity strategy has always proven to be of crucial importance for companies, specifies the FEB. The health crisis has made this need even more tangible.” The annual report of the Cyber ​​Security Coalition – a coalition of leading players from academia, government and the private sector who join forces in the fight against cybercrime, including the FEB – shows that during attacks by ransomware, organizations can only recover a mere 65% of stolen data, even if they pay the ransom, which often leads to catastrophic consequences for the business. “This underlines once again why a good cybersecurity strategy is essential for any company”, specifies the Federation. “Cyberattacks are wreaking havoc and are multiplying, confirms David Clarinval, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Self-Employed and SMEs. Our SMEs are particularly vulnerable to them. They need to be sufficiently informed of cyber risks but also better equipped to “protect and deal with it. It is for this reason that these calls for projects to improve the cyber-resilience of SMEs are important. They will be accompanied by a multi-year communication campaign.”He recalls that On July 27, five calls for projects (4 national and 1 regional) have been launched in order to improve the cyber-resilience of SMEs and the self-employed, active in traditional sectors (non-technological) and with low maturity in cybersecurity. It’s about making them aware, advising them and training them. The total budget for this action is €10.6 million. Project leaders will have until October 31, 2022 to submit their project proposal by completing the participation form and the annexes of the selected theme. Find all the information via the following link: https://bit.ly/3BFTacj

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