Aon Polska's report: computer crimes not scared by Polish entrepreneurs

Computer crime is not considered a significant risk in Polish companies. While in the world companies recognize it as a key threat to their operations, Polish entrepreneurs place it in the nineteenth place. This is the result of Aon Polska's report "Risk and insurance management 2017", a company that is part of the Aon plc corporation, a leading provider of risk management services, brokerage insurance and reinsurance services and a leader in consulting in the field of human resource management. This year's global Aon survey involved 1834 companies representing 33 industries from 60 countries around the world. In Poland, 239 companies answered questions, mainly from the following industries: construction, wholesale trade, transport services, energy and professional services. Most of them were private enterprises.

Computer crime as a threat is perceived by Polish entrepreneurs more often than two years ago. Then the risk was on the twenty-seventh position in the ranking, but it is still far from the top ten. A completely opposite trend is visible in the world, where computer crime ranks among the 10 key risks on every continent, excluding South America. Entrepreneurs in Europe placed it sixth, and North America even on the first.

19th place of risk of cybercrime in Poland testifies to completely different priorities.
  • At the same time, as many as 70% of surveyed enterprises in Poland admit that they have implemented an action plan in the event of computer crime - in the world, the readiness rate is slightly higher and amounts to 79%.
  • Among the computer risks, a greater threat in the eyes of Polish entrepreneurs is the failure of IT systems (thirteenth position in the list). Interestingly, this risk is not so important in the world - local companies place it in the seventeenth position.
  • Only 9% of surveyed companies in Poland admit that computer crime caused losses in their company, in the world this percentage is similar and amounts to 10%.

Technical and organizational preventive actions are the basis and necessary step on the way to ensure organization of protection against cyber threats. However, we must be aware that no safeguards are fully tight. There will always be some point of access to the network, some vulnerability that can be used. It can be assumed that sooner or later every organization will fall victim to cybercrime, whether through a virus, a hacker or even a dissatisfied employee. The question is not "if", but "when" it will happen.

Managers need to realize that the consequences of a hacker attack go far beyond the direct financial loss or the need to incur costs related to detecting and bridging the gap in security systems. The main sources of goodwill impairment are, in this case, business disruption, loss of reputation, long-term collapse of customer and partner trust as well as court and administrative claims and proceedings under the law on the protection of personal data. For this reason, a holistic approach to the risk of electronic crime is necessary. It should be realized that it is not only a technical issue, but also a legal and organizational one, requiring the involvement of top management.


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