Business leaders from the CEE region are most concerned about regulatory and operational risks. Risks related to cyber security are considered as minor, only 5 % of the Slovak CEOs consider them as the major threat. It is a significant difference compared to the global level, where 30% of executives link their major concerns with cyber security. These findings emerged from the latest KPMG Pulse of Economy survey 2016.
Within CEE, respondents are most concerned with regulatory (45%), operational (37%), talent and strategic risks (both receiving 30% response rate). Cyber security was given of little relevance as it most concerns only 12% of managers. In Slovakia it is even below the CEE average as it troubled only 5% of respondents.
However, our companies and consumers are exposed to such threats. Despite the fact that this type of attacks does not usually go public, it is very possible that dangerous cyber threats – phishing and ransomware – have been recently observed in Slovakia and neighboring countries.
One of the recent publicly known phishing attacks was spread via SMS messages using the mobile application that was installed outside the official Google Play Store. It influenced, for example, clients of one of the biggest banks in Slovakia, a major online retailer and a Czech postal operator.
„Breaking cyber security can cause considerable harm not only to consumers but also to companies whose business names are misused without their knowledge or consent. Given the complexity of the today´s technology, this type of risk should not be underestimated”, says Rudolf Sedmina, partner responsible for cyber security advisory, KPMG in Slovakia.
There was one successful ransomware attack on the control system of one Alpine hotel recorded at the beginning of the year. Using malware, hackers managed to block the guests keycards to prevent access to their rooms. In an attempt to quickly restore the system, the hotel paid ransom required by the attackers. Similar attacks are not rare even in the public sector, automotive, energy or health industries.
„If so-called hackers have stolen private data, it is very troublesome, but it is partly due to the negligence of people who blindly trust unverified sources. However, in case of cyber-attacks on medical facilities, human health and life are endangered. These type of institutions should not hesitate and invest in quality precautions and safeguards. But nowadays, there is not one organization that can pretend that such challenges do not exist“, concludes Sedmina.
The 2016 edition of KPMG’s survey the Pulse of the Economy elaborates on current trends in economy and entrepreneurship, to measure the sentiment among the business leaders in Central & Eastern Europe (CEE). The eighth edition of the well-received survey reached out to 759 respondents this year.
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