Cyber attacks against Maltese businesses are on the rise, with a significant number reporting corruption or theft of data, according to a poll surveying the European nations.
As Maltese corporations become more dependent on computer technology, outside hacker attempts have risen above the average level compared to other nations in the European Union, according to Times of Malta.
Last year, 7 percent of companies in Malta reported they had suffered destruction or corruption of data due to malware or unauthorized access. Two percent of local companies said they had not been able to stop these attacks and their data had been stolen, Times of Malta reported.
Maltese businesses seem to be aware of the cyber risks; 52 percent of respondents said they had implementing robust security features into their systems, including strong passwords and “hardware tokens” to protect their data.
Among the member countries of the European Union, the most common incidents reported by enterprises were those related to an unavailability of computer services and destruction or damage of data due to hardware or software failures. The countries with the highest reported levels of such incidents were Cyprus, Portugal and Finland (each 26 percent), Denmark (24 percent), and Greece (23 percent).