Fraud is likely to be the biggest threat, predicted by 25% of CSOs, followed closely by phishing and social engineering and theft of company physical property at 24% and 23% respectively.

Fraud is likely to impact Sub-Saharan Africa more than any other region next year.

CSOs expect all external threats to increase in the next year.

Geopolitical tensions are expected to compromise the security of supply chains and could result in disruptions to global trade in the next year, according to nearly 9 in 10 CSOs (87%).

Businesses in the financial services and consumer staples sectors predict the most significant increases in external threats, closely followed by those in the energy and real estate sectors.

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External Threats - Experienced vs Expected Threats
Global Average

These graphs provide a regional breakdown of the external security threats that companies experienced in the last 12 months - and what threats are expected over the next 12 months.

Top 5 Most Experienced External Threats
Regional Comparison

Top 5 Most Expected External Threats
Regional Comparison

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