Cybersecurity and French companies, what technical approach in times of unrest?

Today, many companies are forced to adopt the remote work model.

Containment obliges it and unfortunately this is not easy. Telework benefits another category of workers. Hackers. Even though it is illegal, cybercrime continues to grow to the displeasure of businesses and individuals. This increases the pressure on computer security specialists.

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But first of all this for a small point. If we go back to 2018, a study conducted by INSEE showed that 16% of French companies, which included a staff of more than 10 people, have already faced a computer security problem. These problems could be built up in the availability of computer services, destruction or tampering with digital data, data leaks or disclosure of confidential information. Specifically, we are talking about 13% of small and medium-sized enterprises (10 to 19 people) and 30% of large enterprises (over 250 people).

The same study found that computer security incidents affected 9% of structures in the accommodation and catering sector. In terms of scientific, technical or specialized activities, 21% of the Structures were detected.

Moreover, only 40% of French companies are insured against cyber attacks. This includes 60% of large companies with more than 250 employees and only 30% of small and medium-sized enterprises. In addition, experience has shown that companies that have been affected by your computer attacks are more likely to insure against these incidents. In this way, the more exposed they are, the more they insure themselves. But it has been proven that today, the number of companies that decide to take care of themselves at the insurance level is increasing. Philippe Crevel, a journalist, wrote: "Overall, the more companies are exposed to these incidents, the more insurance they have against these risks. Information and communication societies are highly insured and are, in proportion, less affected by incidents. They are more aware of the risks and take better care of them. On the other hand, construction companies are the least insured against these risks, although they are highly exposed to incidents. ».

From 2018 to 2019, the number of companies affected by computer attacks, thereby causing them to be affected by the availability of computer services or significant losses of digital data or other computer failures increased significantly from 12% to 30%. Fortunately, there is clearly an improvement in the level of medium-sized companies in their actions to increase their it security in-house. "In 2019, 87% of companies with 10 or more people are carrying out activities related to the security of their information system: security tests, information and communication technology security (ICT) training, incident resolution, etc.," commented Philippe Crevel. the downside is the 2% of these small businesses, which so far have not yet established any real security protocol. Similar behaviour was observed in 1% of large companies.

In addition, 67% of companies use external it security specialists. 20% prefer to use outside help in addition to their employees.

On the other hand, the majority of small and medium-sized enterprises (86%) regularly adopt practices that promote good safety. These include constant updates to operating systems and software, and secure access with strong passwords. 70% of them lean towards multi-factor authentication, outsourcing data backup and "controlling access to the computer network." At the level of large companies with about 250 employees, the constant use of a private virtual network (VPN) in exchanges and remote access has been observed in more than 80% of them, while this type of practice is only visible in 45% of small and medium-sized enterprises.

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