Security and Sustainability Across CNI 2023

How is the climate crisis impacting cyber security?

Our 2023 research surveyed over 1,000 cyber security decision makers to understand how climate change is impacting the cyber threat landscape, what impact sustainable technologies are having on cyber risk, and how Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DE&I) can overcome these new challenges.  

Key Report Insights


Cyber Resilience Meets Climate Resilience 

80% agree that their cyber security is being put at risk by the challenges of climate change.

Climate change threatens to damage critical infrastructure and networks, causing economic stress that contributes to cyber crime and increases climate hacktivism. Pressure to evolve quickly and meet ambitious environmental targets can also introduce risk for CNI organisations. 


Securing Technology And Tools 

83% say that newly implemented sustainable technologies will become a significant new vector for cyber attacks in the next five years.

CNI organisations are seeing a rise in the number of tools being deployed to help meet sustainability targets. However, these new tools can become a new attack vector if not implemented correctly, increasing the potential attack surface and providing more opportunities for cyber criminals to exploit. 


Outsourcing Cyber Security 

36% report that they do not have the right skills in place to secure their IT infrastructure. 

To bolster their cyber resilience in the face of dynamic and interconnected security challenges, organisations are increasingly looking outwards, engaging with external partners to either fully or partially outsource their key cybersecurity services. 


Diversity, Equality And Inclusion 

41% of CNI organisations agree that having a greater DE&I leads to stronger overall performance. 

CNI organisations are recognising the need to change the makeup of their security teams, diversifying the workforce to help meet the challenges of changing times and emerging cyber threats. 


Sustainability Across Sectors 

Finance, utilities, and transport and aviation are the most concerned that the pressures of climate change are making it harder to secure CNI. 

To understand the different perspectives and response to cyber security and climate change, our research surveyed cyber security decision makers across the following sectors: 

  • Communications
  • Utilities
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Transport and Aviation 


Download the Security and Sustainability Across CNI: 2023 Report 

For more on how the climate crisis is impacting CNI organisations and what steps you can take to meet these challenges, download our full report.