ICS Value, august 2012 = 1414.9 (Base = 1000, March 2011)
The Index of Cyber Security is a measure of risk. A higher index value indicates a perception of increasing risk, while a lower index value indicates the opposite.
Introduction - August 2012
The Index of Cyber Security rose by 1.9% over the previous month, largely due to attacks based on phishing and social engineering, attacks on mobile devices and the deterioration in the media and public perception of the state of cyber security.
- Risk from counterparties, ie the risk from information sharing with third parties (counterparties, vendors, partners etc), was rated as the top risk by our respondents.
- The activist-hacktivist threat was rated the number two risk by our respondents.
- Public perception of the state of cyber insecurity was rated as the third worst perception in the minds of security practitioners.
- Respondents reported continued improvements in information sharing by firms in their industry.
All risk indicators except that for information sharing were up when compared to the previous month.
As before, in the coming days, we will share with our respondents the detailed report from this survey, outlining each of the component sub-indices that constitute the aggregate index. We continue to expand our respondent base each month and are looking for qualified referrals to security practitioners. If you would like to participate in this project, or know of someone who might be a valuable contributor to this effort, please do let us know. Our contact information is available under the 'Contacts' tab on this website.