Although the threat in the IT sector may at first glance seem to be more abstract than, say, stealing from a company, this threat is nevertheless very real and should not be underestimated because companies who fail to adequately protect themselves can suffer severe damage.
Malware loaded into the IT system either by hacking or from a USB stick can cause an entire business to collapse. Companies using smart machines in production are particularly at risk because these machines are susceptible to targeted manipulation and disruption. This can cause damage not just as a result of defective products but, in a worst-case scenario, can even bring the production to a halt.
Legal consequences are also conceivable if, for instance, a company’s customer database is stolen. Since this database contains personal data, the Federal Data Protection Act applies to such cases of data theft with fines of up to 300,000 euro being possible. The damage that this can cause to a company’s reputation must also be considered.