RESEARCH REPORT

In brief

In brief

  • In today’s digitally networked ecosystems, the scale of potential cyberattacks is unprecedented.
  • More and more aspects of the physical world are being digitized. That increases the risk and potential damage attacks can cause.
  • Companies need to learn to cooperate in IT security.


When companies collaborate in digital ecosystems, every single business partner becomes a potential security risk. A successful cyberattack can impact all linked companies. However, it is difficult to estimate how well others protect their systems. It comes down to trust.

79%

of survey respondents in Switzerland say that a resilient security approach has to protect not only the operator’s own company, but the entire ecosystem, too.

Survey respondents in German-speaking countries – especially in Switzerland – were confident about their own companies. 89 percent believe their partners would rate their security as very good or excellent. The corresponding figure in Germany was 75 percent, and 74 percent in Austria. But how realistic is this estimate? While most companies simply trust their business partners when it comes to cybersecurity, less than one third report actually being able to assess the situation.

Paul Daugherty

Chief Technology and Innovation Officer – Accenture

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