Armis, the asset visibility and security company, announced preliminary findings from Armis State of Cyberwarfare and Trends Report: 2022-2023, which highlights global IT and security professionals’ sentiment on cyberwarfare. The study shares responses from more than 6,000 respondents across multiple industries, including more than 500 professionals from Japan.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has not only tragically upended the lives of countless people in a sovereign nation, but is also causing geopolitical shockwaves of cyberwarfare that will reverberate for the foreseeable future. Today’s targets extend well beyond governments; any organization is a potential victim, with critical infrastructure and high-value entities at the top of the list.
“Cyberwarfare is the future of terrorism on steroids, providing a cost-effective and asymmetric method of attack, which requires constant vigilance and expenditure to defend against,” said Nadir Izrael, CTO and Co-founder at Armis.
“Clandestine cyberwarfare is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. We now see brazen cyberattacks by nation-states, often with the intent to gather intelligence, disrupt operations, or outright destroy data. Based on these trends, all organizations should consider themselves possible targets for cyberwarfare attacks and secure their assets accordingly.”
“Japan has been increasing their efforts to bolster cybersecurity in the public and private sectors for the past years in response to attacks and political tensions, but the reality is that threats are still latent,” says Tetsuya Akiya, Country Manager Japan, Armis. “In an effort to become more resilient, the Japanese government has been looking for cooperation with western countries and establishing safety standards accompanied by legislation. But, professionals are still in doubt of governmental efforts being received enough by organizations like critical infrastructure.”
Key Japan findings from the Armis State of Cyberwarfare and Trends Report: 2022-2023 include:
- Over 7 in 10 (71%) of IT professionals surveyed think international political conflicts and national breaches, such as the situations in Ukraine and Taiwan, will have an impact on their company’s cybersecurity.
- Sixty percent of Japanese respondents said their organization has programs and practices currently in place specifically designed to respond to cyberwarfare threats, significantly less than the global average (84%).
- Japanese companies are the least likely in the world to pay ransoms, with only 7% of respondents saying it was their firm’s policy to always pay compared to 24% globally.
- Japanese respondents exhibited significantly less confidence (33%) in their government’s ability to defend against cyberwarfare when compared to the others we surveyed globally, where the average confidence level was 71%.
For further information on the Armis State of Cyberwarfare and Trends Report: 2022-2023 visit: https://www.armis.com/cyberwarfare/