Cyber crime emerging as the greatest threat to family businesses
Statistics reveal that cybercrime is becoming one of the biggest commercial and reputational risks to family offices, a threat that is expected to grow well into the future. With businesses shifting more into the online and digital space, cyber criminals are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their methods.

By Francois Botha
Published on Simple October 4, 2020

About half of global Ultra-High-Net-Worth family wealth is being managed through Family Offices. It is therefore no surprise then that this sector is receiving increasing attention from opportunistic attackers who are able to exploit both the financial and reputational equity attached to these businesses. With approximately a third of all family offices already being victims of cyber-attacks, there can no longer be any complacency when it comes to information security and data-protection.

Understanding The Risks

Globally, the estimated annual cost of cyber-attacks runs into the trillions of dollars. Some large companies, banks and other financial institutions have created entire divisions within their business structure to combat this threat. It is critical for all businesses, including Family Offices, to understand the types of risk that are associated with cyber-crime:

  1. Financial Risk: This is the most obvious and most clearly understood risk. If cyber criminals are able to access your accounts, they have access to your money and are able to steal large sums before any flags are raised. Even without direct access to your accounts, they can still pose a significant financial threat if they are able to access personal or sensitive information and therefore able to conduct identity theft or extortion. Extortion is a particularly significant threat within the family office space due to the reputational sensitivity associated with very wealthy families.
  2. Operational Risk: Cyber-crime can cause serious disruptions to normal business operations.

About the Authors

Francois Botha

Francois Botha

Simple Founder. Strategy Advisor

Francois believes that the next generation of family leaders need new, simple tools and trusted experts with a fresh outlook.

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