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June 21, 2022updated 23 Jun 2022 10:02am

Filings buzz in the mining industry: 18% increase in cybersecurity mentions in Q1 of 2022

We've analysed companies' annual reports and other filings to see which key issues are receiving the most attention.

By Data Journalism Team

Mentions of cybersecurity within the filings of companies in the mining industry rose 18% between the final quarter of 2021and the first quarter of 2022.

In total, the frequency of sentences related to cybersecurity between April 2021 and March 2022 was 133% higher than in 2016 when GlobalData, from whom our data for this article is taken, first began to track the key issues referred to in company filings.

When companies in the mining industry publish annual and quarterly reports, ESG reports and other filings, GlobalData analyses the text and identifies individual sentences that relate to disruptive forces facing companies in the coming years. Cybersecurity is one of these topics - companies that excel and invest in these areas are thought to be better prepared for the future business landscape and better equipped to survive unforeseen challenges.

To assess whether cybersecurity is featuring more in the summaries and strategies of companies in the mining industry, two measures were calculated. Firstly, we looked at the percentage of companies which have mentioned cybersecurity at least once in filings during the past twelve months - this was 81% compared to 64% in 2016. Secondly, we calculated the percentage of total analysed sentences that referred to cybersecurity.

Of the 10 biggest employers in the mining industry, Honeywell was the company which referred to cybersecurity the most between April 2021 and March 2022. GlobalData identified 58 cybersecurity-related sentences in the United States-based company's filings - 0.6% of all sentences. ThyssenKrupp mentioned cybersecurity the second most - the issue was referred to in 0.4% of sentences in the company's filings. Other top employers with high cybersecurity mentions included Sibanye-Stillwater, Glencore and Caterpillar.

Across all companies in the mining industry the filing published in the first quarter of 2022 which exhibited the greatest focus on cybersecurity came from Honeywell. Of the document's 1,830 sentences, 26 (1.4%) referred to cybersecurity.

This analysis provides an approximate indication of which companies are focusing on cybersecurity and how important the issue is considered within the mining industry, but it also has limitations and should be interpreted carefully. For example, a company mentioning cybersecurity more regularly is not necessarily proof that they are utilising new techniques or prioritising the issue, nor does it indicate whether the company's ventures into cybersecurity have been successes or failures.

GlobalData also categorises cybersecurity mentions by a series of subthemes. Of these subthemes, the most commonly referred to topic in the first quarter of 2022 was 'data security', which made up 79% of all cybersecurity subtheme mentions by companies in the mining industry.

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