Europe remains vulnerable to cyberattacks despite stringent legislation

KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security and cybersecurity awareness training and simulated phishing platform, has released its 2024 Security Culture Report.

Europe remains vulnerable to cyberattacks

The report examines how security measures really affect organisations and the way people act and feel at work.

Segmented into a global and regional versions by North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania, the report takes into account regional nuances, behaviours and attitudes towards cybersecurity in the workplace.

The report shows that, in general, organisations across Europe understand that people must be part of its defence to increase the level of resilience as social engineering remains one of the top threats.

Organisations no longer view security awareness as a checkbox exercise for satisfying compliance requirements, but increasingly as a strategic initiative to foster a strong security culture.

However, cybersecurity is often still considered the responsibility of a single team or unit, instead of a collaborative effort, making it difficult to gain traction.

Further, the report shows that although the European Union is at the forefront of shaping global cybersecurity standards through vigorous legislation and regulations, there is still a need for faster adoption and implementation to make it effective for organisations.

The 2024 Security Culture Report examines topics such as the varied cybersecurity maturity levels across Europe and what that means for organisations, the lack of communication in organisations and how that aids cyberattacks, legislation and its implementation.

It also covers the predicted increase in quality and quantity of cyberattacks and how to potentially combat these, the big issue of language localisation of specific compliance and legal requirements across the continent, and the influence of AI on the increase of disinformation and misinformation, and more sophisticated and effective cyberattacks.

The report makes it clear that with social engineering remaining one of the top three threats in Europe, cybersecurity education is a necessity to stay ahead of the ever-evolving strategies and tactics of cybercriminals.

“While there is a notable upward trend in security awareness within Europe’s most digitised sectors, the understanding and implementation of security culture greatly differ across various industries,” comments Dr. Martin J. Kraemer, security awareness advocate at KnowBe4.

“Nonetheless, it is evident that many organisations still lag behind in establishing a proactive security culture.

We are, however, seeing European organisations starting to recognise and acknowledge the critical role of integrating security awareness within their corporate culture to bolster resilience.

Yet, we must address the ongoing hurdles in sectors where cybersecurity is not universally recognised as a collaborative effort across departments.”


To download a copy of KnowBe4’s 2024 Security Culture Report, click here.

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