Germany’s cybersecurity lags behind amid global threat surge, report reveals

The report urges a strategic shift towards ongoing cybersecurity priorities

 Person, Security

A recent cybersecurity report reveals a significant global increase in phishing cases, which have surged sixteen-fold since 2021. Identity theft incidents have also tripled during this period. When it comes to addressing these threats, Germany lags behind and has been placed at number 18 out of 61 countries, ranking lower than France and Spain.

According to the report, one in three employees in Germany, aged 16-70, across various industries and company sizes, recognise the importance of IT security. An overwhelming 84% are unwilling to work for a company that does not prioritise IT security. However, a paradox emerges, as 62% of Germans express reluctance to work for companies burdened by excessive IT security rules and regulations. Two-thirds of respondents view their IT equipment and IT department competence positively, while only 1.5% believe that companies should reduce their investment in this area.

Moreover, the demand for IT specialists remains high, especially in medium-sized and large companies with over 50 employees, with ‘security/IT security’ and ‘IT systems management’ being the most sought-after skills. However, a shortage of IT professionals persists, primarily attributed to inadequate skills and high salary demands in the recruitment process.

Interestingly, the mechanical engineering sector stands out, with 85% of mechanical engineers claiming there are enough IT specialists in their field. However, this sector ranks third-worst in terms of skills, highlighting a significant gap in IT security competence.

Addressing the acute shortage of cybersecurity personnel requires a strategic approach to make Germany a more attractive destination for the international cybersecurity industry.