The results of a global study published by Bitdefender show that more than half of French companies have been taken aback by the Covid-19 crisis. An absence of anticipation that will serve as a lesson for the next crises, assure the respondents.
The studies that are coming out now and that were conducted during confinement provide feedback that should be beneficial to avoid the same pitfalls during future crises. Conducted with more than 6,700 computer security professionals, the study reveals the state of the forces at the time of the disruptive outbreak of the covid-19.
If this crisis led to a significant increase in the number of attacks on companies, for 81% of French professionals questioned, it also highlighted the total absence of emergency response plan to a major crisis. On the cyber level, 54% of French security professionals questioned indeed revealed that their organization did not have an emergency response plan in place on the cyber level, or did not know if it had one (13% ), to deal with a crisis situation such as the Covid-19 or a similar scenario.
An incomprehensible lack of planning
Figures show that this has served as an electric shock, as 76% of IT professionals in France know that strategic changes need to be made quickly. 81% of the world think that things should change in the future. The majority of them share the belief that the Covid-19 will change the way their business operates over the long term.
“Beyond the upsurge in attacks, the most significant lesson from this study is the lack of business planning to deal with a cyber crisis. It’s amazing and dangerous, said Liviu Arsene, an international cybersecurity researcher at Bitdefender. Today, no company should ignore the potentially dramatic impact that a cyber crisis could have on their business. However, the study shows that professionals are aware of this and that they recognize this need to change quickly and that measures are starting to be taken. This is the issue, will companies learn the lessons of the crisis to better prepare for the future?“