The reality is that cybersecurity is growing in importance: The IT network of Volkswagen, the world’s largest car manufacturer, is attacked 6,000 times a day, according to the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). High-tech companies like Infineon are also the target of many cyberattacks. Its Business Continuity department organizes its defenses.
According to the BSI, there are 20 highly specialized and serious attacks on the government’s network itself every day. And the experts from Kaspersky Lab detect around 360,000 new malicious files a day worldwide. Companies with a lot of customer master data, such as online shops or e-mail providers, are affected in particular. The objective: To steal personal data, such as account details and passwords.
Connected devices deliver a great deal of convenience, for example, by allowing you to turn up the heating by smartphone while you’re out, so that you come home to a warm living room. Yet they also offer attack surfaces and a doorway to cyberattacks. By the year 2020, five billion people worldwide will use smart devices to engage with the world around them.