As the Cybersecurity Business Convention is held in Toulouse today, cybersecurity, especially for SMEs, has become a major development issue.
Data theft, ransom demand, reputation damage, sabotage, identity theft, industrial espionage, etc. In recent years, cyber threats have increased alarmingly. Logical given that our society has become increasingly digitized, that administrative or commercial procedures are increasingly dematerialized, that information technology has interfered in an ever-increasing number of tasks to the point of becoming essential. .
Everyone remembers the August cyber attack on the Corbeil-Essonnes hospital. Victim of hackers who demanded a ransom of 10 million euros, the establishment found itself completely paralyzed and also had to suffer a data leak on its patients. But it is SMEs above all who find themselves targeted by hackers because they have not yet acquired a culture of cyber risk.
“Small, medium and medium-sized structures are particularly at risk: in the absence of protective devices, they are a primary target for criminals who optimize their profits by attacking the most vulnerable. Luckily it is possible to make “cyber” an opportunity! Because by protecting themselves – and, by capillarity, protecting their partners – companies ensure their own sustainability and strengthen the trust that binds them to their stakeholders”, explains the National Agency for the Security of Information Systems (Anssi) which multiplies the initiatives of raising awareness between the workshops and the publication of the guides. The latest, “Cybersecurity for VSEs/SMEs in Thirteen Questions,” was published in October.
One in two companies has already attacked
The topic is broad: according to the Corporate Cybersecurity Barometer CESIN 2022, more than one in two French companies (54%) suffered at least one cyber attack in 2021. Attacks carried out mainly by ransomware (+255% between 2019 and 2020 according to to Anssi) with an average loss of 50,000 euros which often has a strong impact on turnover. According to a study by Stoik, the time to restore the computer system and possibly recover data backups, a company loses an average of 27% of its annual turnover. And 60% of attacked SMEs never recover and file for bankruptcy within 18 months of the attack. Cyber-attack statistics could even be higher than official figures, since half of French companies that have suffered a cyber-attack have given up filing a complaint…
The cybercrime landscape has also changed significantly due to the Covid-19 crisis. First of all by maximizing the risks – 47% of teleworkers have already been deceived by phishing – and then by diversifying the methods of cyber attack: 35% were of a hitherto unknown type.
But awareness of the cyberthreat is gaining momentum. 40% of companies invested in their cybersecurity in 2021 and 55% needed to strengthen their protection for this year. An Insight Avenue study for security software maker ESET found that 83% of SMB cybersecurity leaders worldwide say cyberwarfare is “a very real threat.”
France good student
SMBs “measure the risks they incur with a desire to undertake security audits, if they haven’t already done so, or even to implement solutions. It is a sign of maturity”, analyzes Benoît Grunemwald, IT security expert for ESET France, who highlights the two main concerns and fears of SMEs: data loss (66% in France) and financial impacts (78%). in any case, several elements revealed by the survey data confirm this march forward in which French SMEs are actively participating.
France is also among the good students: 60% of SMEs have already carried out an audit and 70% say they are ready to entrust the management of their IT security to a company with experience in the sector. “In general, SMEs that invest heavily in tools, training and audits do so following an intrusion,” notes Benoît Grunemwald. The whole goal is therefore, in the future, that the cybersecurity budget is established upstream of a threat, and therefore before it occurs.
In Toulouse, a fair for professionals
The 4th edition of the CBC (Cybersecurity Business Convention), the digital security fair for businesses and communities in Occitanie, takes place this Tuesday, November 22 at the Pierre Baudis Convention Center in Toulouse.
Organized by Dépêche Events, subsidiary of the La Dépêche Group, with AD’OCC, the economic development agency of the Occitanie Region and Cyber’Occ, the cyber security portal in Occitania, the show brings together cyber security experts and important economic institutions and institutional. Several thematic roundtables are planned (acculturation to cybersecurity, personal data protection, digital security supervision), as well as workshops (cybersecurity and digital sovereignty, Firewalls and operating systems, PIA and personal data protection, Threat Hunting and cybersecurity) and animations ( simulation of cyber attacks, vulnerability tests) 100 exhibitors and partners are available to discuss, raise awareness and develop networks and expertise.
More information : cbc-convention.com/