The TÜV Association (Technical Supervisory Association) recently commissioned polling institute Ipsos to conduct a representative survey on the topic of IT security. A total of 503 companies with at least ten employees was surveyed.
The results were as clear as they were surprising: 47 percent of IT security managers, IT department heads and other persons in leading positions were in favor of enforcing stricter legal regulations to ensure that IT security is guaranteed.
IT security for all
TÜV chairman, Michael Fübi, did not anticipate such a definitive outcome: “Companies have cast a surprisingly strong vote for tougher regulations of IT security in the economic sector.”
Fübi has called for appropriate measures to be taken – by which he means that a minimum standard for IT security should be implemented across all economic sectors and not just for companies who are in charge of operating critical infrastructures, as was previously planned.
The reasons for this unequivocal desire for stricter rules are obvious: for one thing, companies are aware of (and have experience with) a drastic increase in cybercrime; and, on the other hand, it is simply part of the digital transformation. 77 percent of companies surveyed stated that IT security had become increasingly important to them over the past five years.
Yet some companies still underestimate the importance of IT security. When asked about the important of IT security in their company, 14 percent responded that it plays only “a minor role or no role at all”.