Looking at the key sources of increased awareness of cyber threats and risks, our research reveals that the press and other media are playing a key role in informing the public about the consequences of high-profile security breaches. Although some may be becoming somewhat desensitized to the increasing frequency of such media stories, continued losses from such breaches combined with tightened government regulations are helping to drive the point home.

Main drivers of increased awareness of cyber threats and risks (n=186)

A good indication of a mature security ecosystem is that many companies rely on internal threat analyses and information exchange with their peers to obtain more information about current security challenges. Unfortunately, a substantial number of survey respondents are only taking measures to increase their cyber security awareness after suffering such an attack. For 19%, warnings coming from third parties are the main driver.


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