Europe/Mideast/Africa software developers worry most about cyberterror

A survey by Evans Data finds that software developers in the region encompassing Europe, the Middle East and Africa are very worried about cybersecurity, with the largest plurality citing cyberterrorism as the cyberthreat they most fear.

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The company says that “more software developers in the region (38.4 percent) feel that cyberterrorism is the threat they are most concerned with, followed by cybertheft (29.8 percent) and cyberespionage (21.4 percent).’’

“Cyberespionage, while in some ways related to both cybertheft and cyber terrorism, is distinguished from the two in that it involves theft of sensitive, classified, or proprietary information, rather than theft of money or deliberate sabotage,’’ the company said.

“Security is especially worrisome for developers in Europe,” said Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data. “They are most concerned with the very real threat of terrorism, and the failure of many organizations to implement a formal security strategy just adds to the anxiety. Only 30 percent of these developers say their company has a formal security policy in place that is adhered to across departments, and that’s very concerning when you think about the other 70 percent.”

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