Technology services company Citrix has commissioned a One Poll study that shows that 50 percent of British business are stockpiling cryptocurrencies, but only 7 percent invest in Bitcoin (BTC) exclusively, according to Citrix’s official blog.
Who was surveyed?
The study surveyed 750 “IT decision makers” in British business that had 250 or more people on staff. These businesses surveyed reported an average of owning 24 BTC, which equals around $230,000 at press time.
What coins do they own?
Out of all of the businesses surveyed, 93 percent reported that they have diversified their crypto investments beyond Bitcoin. 53 percent of the business surveyed own Litecoin (LTC), while 43 percent own Ethereum (ETH), 33 percent own Ripple (XRP), and 29 percent own Dash.
After Bitcoin’s rise to $20,000 and subsequent fall to below $7000, Citrix reports that some of the business surveyed made a “satisfying profit” by selling their BTC when the price was up. As BTC has been experiencing a gradual uptick in price recently, the surveyed showed that 38 percent of business that owned BTC were thinking of selling, while 5 percent have no plans to sell BTC in the near future.
Why did they decide to buy cryptocurrencies?
Citrix reports that only 4 percent of the businesses surveyed have been buying Bitcoin as preparation for a ransomware attack. Wannacry, one of the most highly damaging ransomware attacks this year, targeted the United Kingdom’s National Health Service.
Of the businesses surveyed, 40 percent will use their crypto to pay providers vs. 32 percent which will use crypto to pay employees. 27 percent plan to use crypto alongside smart contract and Blockchain technology, 27 percent for fundraising and training, and 17 percent for research and development activities.
What are the security risks of stockpiling cryptocurrencies?
64 percent of surveyed businesses owning BTC believe that the rising price of BTC has influenced cybercriminals to attack their BTC holdings. 18 percent of surveyed businesses overall also fear that their crypto holdings put them at risk of insider theft.
Most businesses holding crypto take cybersecurity seriously, according to the survey, as only 5 percent reported taking zero precautions to protect their crypto holdings. Backup procedures are used by 52 percent of businesses surveyed, cold or offline storage by 36 percent, multiple wallets by 36 percent, using a dedicated or hardened computer by 35 percent, and requiring dual control so multiple people are needed to access the crypto assets by 22 percent.
What do these companies predict for the future?
Keeping in mind the recently volatile crypto markets, 35 percent think that crypto could crash, and 34 percent say that the volatility is preventing them from adding more crypto to their stockpile. 18 percent fear that when they will be unable to cash in their cryptocurrency for fiat when they will want to.