Ninety-Eight Percent of Dutch Companies Surveyed Negatively Impacted by Cyber Attacks Within Their Supply Chain

November 10, 2022

Companies continue to struggle with protecting their digital supply chain

Amsterdam, November 10, 2022 — BlueVoyant, a leading internal and external cybersecurity platform, today unveiled the results of its annual global third-party cyber risk management survey. Ninety-eight percent of all companies participating in the survey were found to have experienced problems due to a cyber attack within their digital supply chain. Of the Dutch companies, the same percentage (98%) indicated the same.

The term digital supply chain refers to all external suppliers with access to a corporate network that cybercriminals can exploit. The survey was done among 2,100 CIOs, CISOs, CTOs and other executives responsible for supply chain and cyber risk management in companies with more than 1,000 employees, including 300 Dutch respondents.

More security breaches than last year

Among other things, respondents were asked whether they had experienced a negative impact in the past 12 months due to vulnerabilities in their supply chain. This percentage is 98% among both Dutch respondents and worldwide.

Risks are not yet on the agenda

It is striking that — like last year — third-party cyber risks do not yet seem to be really on the agenda of Dutch companies. In 2021, 36% of respondents said they did not yet have this on their radar. This year, this has actually risen to 43%. A significantly higher percentage than what is measured worldwide; namely 38%. Only 31% of Dutch respondents said third-party cyber risk is a key priority for their organization; the lowest percentage of any region surveyed. Supply chain controls are also lacking. A quarter (25%) of Dutch organizations check them only once a month, just over a fifth (21%) only once a quarter. More than 18% appear to check weekly.

"According to the survey results, security risks in the supply chain have not decreased at all,” said Steve Dierckens, sales director for Benelux and France at BlueVoyant. “Almost all respondents in the Netherlands report having experienced negative consequences as a result of a cyber attack within their digital supply chain. This is a shockingly high percentage. What strikes me most is that Dutch companies have third-party cyber risks the least high on the agenda compared to all the other countries surveyed. In recent weeks alone, we have seen serious data breaches at critical educational and government organizations, with only one cyber attack resulting in serious damage. It begs the question: who's next?"

The study was conducted by independent research organization, Opinion Matters. The executives surveyed include those from business services, financial services, healthcare and pharmaceutical, manufacturing, utilities and energy, and defense. The study covered 11 countries: U.S., Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Australia, the Philippines, and Singapore.

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BlueVoyant combines internal and external cyber defense capabilities into an outcomes-based cloud-native platform by continuously monitoring your network, endpoints, attack surface, and supply chain, as well as the clear, deep, and dark web for threats. The full-spectrum cyber defense platform illuminates, validates, and quickly remediates threats to protect your enterprise. BlueVoyant leverages both machine-learning-driven automation and human-led expertise to deliver industry-leading cybersecurity to more than 900 clients across the globe.

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