The European Commission suffered a 20% rise in attacks on its infrastructure in 2016. At a boardroom and government level,  fears are growing over state-sponsored attempts by cyber criminals, hacktivists and cyber terrorists to influence significant international events and  infiltrate critical infrastructure.

The R&D of this shadow economy could outpace that of global corporations and governments, so much so, that failure to future-proof themselves against the next wave of emerging threats could be devastating, from a reputational and financial perspective.

Politicians have voiced concerns over state-sponsored hacks to destabilise regions and release sensitive political information, using propaganda tools and by spreading false news on social media sites.

Never has the security and privacy of individuals and the ability of businesses to protect information been more at the forefront of daily news and significant events.

Cybercrime has become a game of world chess, one in which information is key.

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