Global Cyber Risk at Elevated Level

Sicherheit (Pexels, allgemeine Nutzung)Security provider Trend Micro (TM) has now presented its Cyber Risk Index (CRI) for the first half of 2022. According to TM, the global cyber risk is at an elevated level. Many companies surveyed said they had experienced security incidents in the last twelve months as a result of which customer data was lost or stolen. Many companies had particular difficulty keeping track of and defending against an ever-growing cyberattack surface.


The semi annual Cyber Risk Index (CRI) uses targeted questions to measure the discrepancy between companies' current security levels and the likelihood of an attack. The information gathered is used to calculate an index score on a numerical scale of -10 to 10, with -10 representing the highest level of risk.

The global index increased from -0.04 in the second half of 2021 to -0.15 in the first half of 2022, indicating an increasing cyber risk in the last six months. Broken down by region, the index shows a value of -0.12 in Europe in the first half of 2022. This puts Europe just below the global cyber risk level, but also in the "elevated" risk range.

This trend is also reflected elsewhere in the data, according to Trend Micro, with the number of companies globally that were victims of a successful cyberattack increasing from 84 percent to 90 percent over the same period. Unsurprisingly, the number of companies expecting to be hit by an attack in the coming year also increased, from 76 percent to 85 percent.

Some of the key risks highlighted in the report are related to an organization's attack detection capabilities. Security professionals often struggle to determine the physical location of business-critical data and applications.

The full Cyber Risk Index can be accessed here. For the semi-annual Cyber Risk Index, the Ponemon Institute, on behalf of Trend Micro, surveys 4,100 companies worldwide in the regions of Europe, North America, Central and South America, and Asia-Pacific.

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