2020 results of Top Companies Cybersecurity Index, by Wavestone
In a global context where the threat is changing rapidly (data theft, ransoms…) and where regulation strengthens its legislative range (Privacy laws, National Cybersecurity Acts, numerous regulators' guidelines… ), Wavestone's Cybersecurity and Digital Trust teams analyzed the cybersecurity maturity levels of companies in 7 major financial centres: Dow Jones (USA), CAC 40 (France), FTSE 100 (UK-Uni), BEL20 (Belgium), SMI (Switzerland), HSI (Hong Kong), STI (Singapore).
This study is based on a factual analysis of the most recent financial communications on the level of cyber risk and the resulting investments (annual reports, universal registration documents, forms 10-K, 20-F, etc.), published on 1 June 2020 through a panel of 290 companies. In 2020, even though some companies are starting to show signs of maturity, not all are currently taking this opportunity! Where are the highest cybersecurity investments? In which region are the executive committees most involved?
92% of companies are engage in cybersecurity and the CAC 40 leads the world's most mature companies in terms of the prevention of cyber-risks
Among the 290 companies analyzed in the 7 markets (CAC 40, Dow Jones, FTSE 100, BEL 20, SMI, HSI and STI,the CAC 40 leads the world as the most mature grouping of companies. In particular, in reference to the consideration of cybersecurity in financial communications (12.0/20), the United States is just behind (11.2/20) followed closely by the UK (10.2) and Belgium (9.6).
With a score of 12.4, the information technology sector remains ahead of the services and finance sectors globally
While the United States and France are well-established in the financial sector, the information technology sector dominates in the United Kingdom and Belgium.
With a coverage rate of 68%, the UK is at the top of the list of companies that deal with cybersecurity at the executive committee level
The results also reveal different cultures and practices around cybersecurity: in the United Kingdom, COMEX's involvement with cybersecurity issues are most frequently cited in business activity reports (68%), ahead of the United States (61%), France (60%) and Belgium (45%). Moreover, the UK values investments via cybersecurity programmes with 51% of references made on levels of investment in cybersecurity compared to 43% in France and the United States and 40% in Belgium.
Switzerland, in particular, has shown a real level of change since 2019: in 2020, SMI companies are finally showing a good level of cyber security coverage. Also being observed is a sharp increase in RGPD coverage (30%) and the involvement of the Executive Committees (25%).
In Asia, the dynamics are mixed. Hong Kong has a low average and variable scores: the information technology sector scores highest, and finance seems to be underperforming; amazing results when you consider the demanding regulations that banks face in terms of cybersecurity. Singapore, on the other hand, is showing positive results in governance by taking the lead with a rate of 83%.
Belgium / Noémie HONORE - firstname.lastname@example.org
Read the full study on BEL 20
France / Gérôme BILLOIS - Gerome.BILLOIS@wavestone.com
Read the full CAC 40 study
Hong Kong - Singapore / Chadi HANTOUCHE - email@example.com
Read the full HSI study // Read the full STI study
Switzerland / Valery PIALAT - firstname.lastname@example.org
Read the full study on the SMI
United Kingdom / Florian POUCHET - email@example.com
Read the full FTSE 100 study
US/ Florian DROUIN - firstname.lastname@example.org
Read the full Dow Jones study
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