The number of cyber-incidents reported in Belgium has doubled in a year, revealed the federal emergency action team for IT security, CERT.be, on the occasion of the publication of their annual report. It stood at an average of 822 incidents a month in 2014. The document, listing every incident reported to the team last year, also shows that the number of effective cyber-incidents in Belgium has increased 7-fold since 2010’s 116. The number of incidents reported to CERT.be also increased five-fold, from 178 in 2010 to 901 in 2014.
“Of course it is also true that we have got more visibility between these two dates, and that both private companies and organisations mention their problems to us more easily, thanks to our confidentiality clause. But there are simply more cyber-incidents as well and they are more and more complex issues which require in-depth analysis,” claimed Christian Van Heurck, CERT.be coordinator. One third of incidents are so-called “scan” incidents (for example databases scanned to identify weak points), another third are linked to viruses, and 20% are due to weaknesses introduced in the systems themselves, in the servers, on websites…
In spite of this list of incidents, many others are never reported, highlights the report.
“We invite companies and organisations to continue highlighting incidents. Even if your organisation doesn’t require any outside advice or help, by bringing all incidents to our attention enables us to get an overview of the situation,” explained CERT.be. Even if your organisation doesn’t require any outside advice or help, by bringing all incidents to our attention enables us to get an overview of the situation,” explained CERT.be.