One in every four organisations has been hit by a serious IT security incident

05/07/2005

More than one in every four organisations, 28 per cent, has been hit by a serious IT security incident during the last twelve months. In total, 45 per cent have been hit at some time. This is shown in a report from the Swedish IT Incident Centre (Sitic), which is part of the National Post and Telecom Agency (PTS).

More than one in every four organisations, 28 per cent, has been hit by a serious IT security incident during the last twelve months. In total, 45 per cent have been hit at some time. This is shown in a report from the Swedish IT Incident Centre (Sitic), which is part of the National Post and Telecom Agency (PTS).

Three out of ten of those organisations questioned (private and public undertakings and organisations) have at some time been exposed to serious disruptions as a consequence of attacks by viruses, worms, Trojans or other harmful codes. 15 per cent have encountered a so-called ‘DOS attack’, namely, an attack whereby they are unable to access all or parts of a system. One in ten has been affected by data violation.

– The survey shows that both threats and incidents are a reality today for Swedish organisations. There is a great need for routines to deal with these problems, explains Johan Mårtensson, Head of Sitic. Following a change in the law, Sitic is now empowered to classify incident reports as secret, thereby protecting them from becoming public. This makes it easier for those organisations that previously had doubts about reporting to Sitic.

The Government has commissioned PTS to support society in the work towards promoting a more secure Internet. As a step to advance this task, Sitic has been commissioned to work on protection against IT incidents and the dissemination of information about threats and risks with a preventive purpose.

The survey

The survey has been conducted in collaboration with the National Police Board and fieldwork has been conducted by Temo. In total, 500 private and public undertakings and organisations have participated. The fieldwork was conducted during the period 4 to 23 May 2005.

For further information: Johan Mårtensson, Head of Sitic, telephone: (+46) 8-678 57 25.

PTS is working to ensure that everyone in Sweden has access to efficient, fairly priced and secure communications services. The Swedish IT Incident Centre (Sitic) supports society in the work to protect against IT incidents. Sitic is located at PTS.