ICS Value, December 2015 = 3015 (Base = 1000, March 2011)

December 2015, Index of Cyber Security

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 - December 2015

The Index of Cyber Security rose by 1.3% over the previous month. The increase is largely due to increasing phishing and social engineering attacks, attempts at data theft and the targeting of web facing applications.

Key findings

The fastest rising risks for the month were as follows:

  • Weapons: Phishing/social engineering +4.0%.
  • Effect desired: Data theft +3.5%.
  • Target: Web facing applications +3.0%.

Most risk indicators 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.