Future cybersecurity threats according to companies in Norway and Denmark 2016-2018

According to companies’ CEOs, managers and securities experts, employees’ unintentional actions seemed to be the leading cybersecurity threats among Danish and Norwegian. In fact, the results of the survey conducted in 2018 revealed that 74 percent of them thought that was the most common threat. Also, 64 percent considered organized crime to be the biggest cyber threat in the future. As of 2018, phishing was the most common cyberattack performed against companies in Norway, amounting to 76 percent. Second in the ranking were viruses and worms that year.

 Phishing worldwide 

As of the first quarter of 2019, Brazil topped the ranking of most targeted countries by phishing attacks in the world, with nearly 22 percent attack rate among internet users. Second in the list was Australia, followed by Spain, Portugal and Venezuela.

 Technology in Nordic enterprises 

Technology and digitalizationseemed to have strongly influenced Nordic enterprises in 2018 and 2019. Nearly all enterprises had access to the internet (99 percent or more) and usage of social media and websites were also growing in popularity. For example, the share of Swedish enterprises which had their own website grew from 86 percent in 2008 to 92 percent as of 2018.

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Release date

December 2018


Denmark, Norway

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Online survey

Supplementary notes

This question was phrased by the source as follows: "Hvad vil i fremtiden udgøre den største cybertrussel for virksomheden?"

* 251 Danish and 111 Norwegian CEOs, IT managers and security experts.

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