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Swiss SMEs ignore alarm signals – now fines are threatened

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Large gaps in IT security

Swiss SMEs ignore alarm signals in the event of hacker attacks – fines are imminent

Swiss SMEs protect themselves far too little against cyber attacks. This opens the floodgates for hackers – and will soon also become a legal problem for companies: the new data protection law will result in hefty fines from next year.

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Cybercrime in Switzerland increased by 24 percent last year.

Dominique Schlund

Hackers have an easy time with Swiss SMEs. Not even every second SME knows password guidelines. Employees are not forced to use upper and lower case letters, digits or special characters in their passwords. Instead, you can choose “password” as a password. This opens the door to cybercriminals.

Last year, 30,000 digital crimes were committed in Switzerland. This corresponds to an increase of 24 percent compared to the previous year, as the insurance group Axa writes in a new study that is available in advance.

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