ICS Value, February 2013 = 1648 (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 - February 2013

The Index of Cyber Security rose by 3% over the previous month, the largest increase ever in the history of this index, and equalling an identical increase that was seen in October 2012. This is largely due to increase in the threat perception relating to data theft, nation state attacks, and a worsening media and public perception of the state of cyber security.

Key findings

The top sub-indices for the Index did not change, but their relative positions did.

  • Public perception of the state of cyber insecurity was the worst perceived sub-index in the minds of security practitioners.
  • Risk from counterparties, ie the risk from information compromise as a result of sharing information with insecure third parties (counterparties, vendors, partners etc), was rated as the number two risk by our respondents.
  • The activist-hacktivist threat was rated the number three risk by our respondents.
  • 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.

Detailed report

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.