ICS Value, January 2014 = 2008 (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 - January 2014
The Index of Cyber Security rose by 2% over the previous month. The increase is largely due to a worsening of the public perception of the state of cyber security, increase in attacks by criminal attackers and an increase in phishing and social engineering attempts.
The top sub-indices for the Index did not change except for nation state attacks coming up to the third place, displacing the activist/hacktivist threat.
- 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 threat from attacks by nation states was rated the number three risk by our respondents.
All risk indicators 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.