Phishing attacks are the most common cybersecurity threat to European SMEs, according a new report published by ENISA. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ENISA have undertaken a survey of European SMEs to better understand the vulnerabilities, challenges and mitigations that Europe’s 25m SMEs face. Representing 99% of all European businesses, understanding how SMEs can increase their cybersecurity awareness and protection will key part of ensuring Europe’s digital autonomy in the following years.
Based on the information received regarding the types of incidents that were recorded, ENISA have identified phishing as the most common type of attack (41%), followed by web based attacks (40%) and general malware (39%).
The results were obtained through both a qualitative and quantitative research methodology, and show that the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the dependency of European companies on ICT services and technological solutions, as 45% of respondents had adopted new technologies in response to the pandemic. This has created a greater need for companies to invest in cybersecurity measures, as over 90% of those that have adopted new technologies did not implement new cybersecurity measures to secure the new technology.
Companies that have adopted new technological services can look to the guide developed by Cyberwatching to check if there are effective ways to increase their cybersecurity.
The full report can be read – here -.