ICS Value, May 2013 = 1746 (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 - May 2013

The Index of Cyber Security rose by 1.6% over the previous month, slower than the 1.8% rise we witnessed the previous month. This in fact is the slowest month-on-month increases we have seen since the inception of the Index. The increase  is largely due to a worsening of the public perception of the state of cyber security, and reported increases in the threat perception from attacks by activists and hacktivists, and a decline in the confidence in third parties who have access to confidential data. For the the first time, the risk of data modification finds a spot in the risks that rose the fastest during the month

Key findings

The top sub-indices for the Index did not change.

  • Public perception of the state of cyber insecurity was the worst perceived sub-index in the minds of security practitioners.
  • The activist-hacktivist threat was rated the number two risk by our respondents.
  • 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 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.