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Cloudflare Study: 83% of Respondents in India Faced a Cybersecurity Incident in the Past Year

Jonathon Dixon

Recent Study Uncovers Million-Dollar Losses from Cybersecurity Incidents in Indian Organizations

Cloudflare’s new study in Asia Pacific, titled “Securing the Future: Asia Pacific Cybersecurity Readiness Survey,” presents fresh data on regional cybersecurity readiness, highlighting how organizations handle increasing cyber incidents, their preparedness levels, and resulting outcomes.

The study reveals that 83% of Indian organizations experienced a cybersecurity incident in the past year, with 48% revealing they experienced 10 or more. The incidents were mostly attributed to web attacks, phishing, and supply chain attacks, with respondents ranking financial gain as the primary goal of cybercriminals, followed by planting spyware and data exfiltration. 

Preparedness is key, as organizations continue to grapple with a cybersecurity landscape that has unprecedented complexities

Jonathon Dixon, Vice-President and Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Japan and China at Cloudflare

Despite the frequency of cybersecurity incidents in India, only 52% of respondents consider themselves highly prepared, and the lack of preparedness is costing millions. 47% indicated that the financial impact of such incidents exceeded US $1 million in the past 12 months, while 27% experienced financial setbacks of no less than US $2 million.

The aftermath of cybersecurity incidents extends to organizational operations, with 46% of respondents reporting that their organizations reduced or restricted hybrid work, were forced to lay off employees, and postponed expansion plans. Talent shortage was also identified by 57% of Indian business leaders as the biggest challenge they’re facing when it comes to cybersecurity preparedness, while 44% indicated a lack of funding is hindering their ability to protect their businesses.

“Preparedness is key, as organizations continue to grapple with a cybersecurity landscape that has unprecedented complexities. With India’s growing digital prowess and continued business reliance on technology, it is critical for organizations to foster a security culture that empowers their leaders to approach cybersecurity as a strategic business imperative,” said, Jonathon Dixon, Vice-President and Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Japan and China at Cloudflare.

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