The report, with research conducted by Forrester Consulting, examines the current global risk landscape and analyses the biggest risks facing global companies and the steps being taken to prevent, detect and respond to daily threats.
The most common risk, suffered by 39% of businesses, is leaks of internal information, highlighting the growing internal threat to intellectual property, trade secrets and other confidential information. Data theft and reputational damage caused by third-party relationships was next on the list of significant incidents, with 29% of respondents affected this year. External fraud was also cited as a common issue, at 28%.
This digital threat is compounded by emerging technologies such as cryptocurrency. Nearly all (91%) of the global business leaders surveyed are investigating or have already adopted distributed ledger technology, whilst 81% are considering or already using cryptocurrencies. More than a third (35%) of businesses cited risk of fraud or theft as the primary concern when considering investing in such areas, followed by lack of clear regulatory oversight (29%), untested technology (19%) and potential involvement with bad actors (16%).
The report revealed that fraud-related incidents remain prevalent, with fraud from external parties affecting over a quarter (28%) of global respondents in the last 12 months.