A survey conducted by Statistics Austria on the use of information and communication technologies in companies shows that IT security ranks high in importance among Austrian businesses. Nine out of ten companies take precautions against cyber attacks and just over half of them have contractual agreements with employees to further guarantee cyber security.
Large companies are more inclined to implement strategic security measures for information and communication technologies
The rapid digitization in recent years has brought companies many opportunities and benefits – but also security risks. 91% of companies with ten or more employees are therefore apt to implement security measures. The most common measures taken include data backups to storage media, regular software updates and maintenance, as well as strict password authentication for programs. Nearly all large companies with 250 or more employees apply these measures.
While about 73% of large businesses implement such measures, only 51% of medium-sized (between 50 and 249 employees) and 28% of small (10 to 49 employees) companies do so. Biometric user identification and authentication methods (such as fingerprint scans, voice or face recognition) are used by just 9% of all companies, though the trend here also shows that large companies are more inclined to use these methods than smaller ones: 22% of large, 13% of medium-sized and 8% of small businesses use biometric methods for user identification.