Nearly half of firms have had an attack or breach

05/06/2017 10:15

The UK Government has published its Cyber Security Breaches Survey for 2017 in partnership with Ipsos Mori and University of Portsmouth. The full report can be found here and we’ve included below an overview of some key findings and some links to coverage so far.

Key Findings

                 The 2017 survey again highlights that virtually all UK businesses covered by the survey are exposed to cyber security risks. Since 2016, the proportion with websites (85%) or social media pages (59%) has risen (by 8 and 9 percentage points respectively), as has the use of cloud services (from 49% to 59%).

                 This year’s survey also establishes that three-fifths (61%) hold personal data on their customers electronically. In this context, three-quarters (74%) of UK businesses say that cyber security is a high priority for their senior management, with three in ten (31%) saying it is a very high priority. The proportion noting it as a very low priority is lower than in 2016 (down from 13% to just 7%) – a change mainly seen among the micro and small business population.”

                 The survey highlights a range of factors that drive home the importance of cyber security for businesses, including:

o   The specific threat of ransomware, which has underscored the value of any electronic data that businesses hold, not just personal or financial data

o   Having a senior individual in charge of cyber security – someone who can have direct contact with senior managers and can influence decision-making within the business

o   Board members being educated on the topic, enabling them to share knowledge and best practice across the different businesses they are involved in

o   People being more exposed to cyber attacks, such as phishing scams, in their personal lives.

The full report goes into more detail around cyber attacks and security breaches but what it does show is that the threat to all businesses is increasing.  With businesses operating via the internet, using cloud solutions and holding customer data any business is a potential opportunity and no longer just big companies that are the target.

One way to ensure that you are safeguarding your network is to implement a Next-Gen firewall on your network, such as a SonicWALL.  If you are unsure what you require then give us a call on 0808 16 444 14 and one of our trained engineers will be able to advise you what you need. 

One of our partners, Citadel Cyber Security, can also help if you require a full IT Security solution and consultancy

The UK Government has published its Cyber Security Breaches Survey for 2017 in partnership with Ipsos Mori and University of Portsmouth. The full report can be found here and we’ve included below an overview of some key findings and some links to coverage so far.

Key Findings

                 The 2017 survey again highlights that virtually all UK businesses covered by the survey are exposed to cyber security risks. Since 2016, the proportion with websites (85%) or social media pages (59%) has risen (by 8 and 9 percentage points respectively), as has the use of cloud services (from 49% to 59%).

                 This year’s survey also establishes that three-fifths (61%) hold personal data on their customers electronically. In this context, three-quarters (74%) of UK businesses say that cyber security is a high priority for their senior management, with three in ten (31%) saying it is a very high priority. The proportion noting it as a very low priority is lower than in 2016 (down from 13% to just 7%) – a change mainly seen among the micro and small business population.”

                 The survey highlights a range of factors that drive home the importance of cyber security for businesses, including:

o   The specific threat of ransomware, which has underscored the value of any electronic data that businesses hold, not just personal or financial data

o   Having a senior individual in charge of cyber security – someone who can have direct contact with senior managers and can influence decision-making within the business

o   Board members being educated on the topic, enabling them to share knowledge and best practice across the different businesses they are involved in

o   People being more exposed to cyber attacks, such as phishing scams, in their personal lives.

The full report goes into more detail around cyber attacks and security breaches but what it does show is that the threat to all businesses is increasing.  With businesses operating via the internet, using cloud solutions and holding customer data any business is a potential opportunity and no longer just big companies that are the target.

One way to ensure that you are safeguarding your network is to implement a Next-Gen firewall on your network, such as a SonicWALL.  If you are unsure what you require then give us a call on 0808 16 444 14 and one of our trained engineers will be able to advise you what you need. 

One of our partners, Citadel Cyber Security, can also help if you require a full IT Security solution and consultancy

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