Figures highlight how Italy is also victim to such attacks. Malware is the most common type of cyber-attack, followed by DDos and Defacement attacks. Attack methods such as Phishing, Soc. Eng, and SQLi are often used too. However most of the time, the cyber attack techniques are unknown, making the identification of the culprits difficult.
As previously mentioned, many entities are possible targets. As a matter of fact, law enforcement, sport, fitness, fashion and footwear entities were all victims of cyber-attacks in Italy in 2014. Public administration seems to be the sector targeted with the highest share of cyberattacks, with around 29 percent facing more than 10 cyber attacks in 2016.
Besides being a threat, cyber attacks also represent a cost that companies have to predict with certainty. According to data, the average cost of a serious cyber-attack reached 3,605 euros in 2016. In spite of this, companies do not seem interested in reporting cyberattacks; 42.9 percent reported that the cyberattack was insignificant, while nine percent reported that they did not know who to report the incident to.
Individuals are concerned as well and report that the greatest fear related to hacker attacks is regarding identity theft and money theft. Besides these fears, internet users are aware of the security solutions available and expect that internet providers should be responsible for teaching people how to stay safe and secure online.