A Techinical Report by PWC, InfoSecurity & What’s driving IT managers’ technology decisions
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills recognises the importance of producing reliable information about cyber security breaches, and making it publicly available. I welcome the fact that so many businesses across the UK economy have shared their experiences for the 2013 Breaches Survey, a key commitment in the Government’s UK Cyber Security Strategy. Businesses need to be informed about the severity of the threat – and the impact. This year’s survey clearly demonstrates the damage being done to UK companies in cyberspace. Understanding the risks is critical in addressing the challenge of how to manage them. Proactive management of risks represents a competitive advantage; effective cyber security is good for business. The information in this report will support all our efforts in cyberspace.
This is the latest of the series of Information Security Breaches Surveys, carried out every couple of years since the early 1990s. Infosecurity Europe carried out the survey, and PwC analysed the results and wrote the report.
To maximise the response rate and reduce the burden on respondents, this year’s survey questions were broken up into four online questionnaires. Some questions were included in all four questionnaires. In common with the 2010 and 2012 surveys, respondents completed the survey during the February-March period on a self-select basis.
In total, there were 1,402 respondents. As with any survey of this kind, we would not necessarily expect every respondent to know the answers to every question. For presentation of percentages, we have consistently stripped out the Don’t Knows and Not Applicables.