Today, Eurobarometer released results of a new survey about the impact of cybercrime on small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Results show a need to improve preparedness, as only 19% of SMEs provided their employees with appropriate training in the last 12 months.
Growing concerns over cyberattacks, but low reporting rates
The results of the Eurobarometer survey give EU policy makers and national authorities a better overview how to continue the fight against cybercrime. Survey questions focused on the following areas:
- the level of digitalisation of SMEs
- the level of awareness of risks of cybercrime among SME staff
- the level of concern on cybercrime among SMEs
- experiences of SMEs with cybercrime over the last 12 months
- SMEs’ preferred channels for reporting cybercrime
The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the digital transformation of SMEs, but also made them vulnerable for cyberattacks.
In the past year, 28% of SMEs have experienced at least one of the above listed types of cybercrime. At the same time, survey results show that 44% of SMEs do no report cybercrime incident.
Improving the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime
To increase efforts in combating cybercrime, today, the Council of Europe initiated the signing of the Second Additional Protocol to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime. Since 2001, 80% of countries worldwide use the Budapest Convention as a foundation for their anti-cybercrime rules, and all EU countries have signed the Convention.
On behalf of EU countries, the European Commission worked closely with the Council of Europe to negotiate the new additions to the Convention. The Second Additional Protocol will improve co-operation and disclosure of electronic evidence between signing countries, while protecting fundamental rights.
- Publication date
- 12 May 2022
- Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs