Complacency does not avert a cyber attack
The government’s Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2020 indicates that cyber attacks have evolved and become more frequent. Almost half of businesses (46%) reported breaches or attacks in the 12 months before the survey, with 32% of affected businesses claiming at least one incident per week. On the last day of September and as a response to the spike in cyber-attacks since June, the National Cyber Security Centre posted “Doing nothing is no longer an option – raise your cyber defences”.
A shocking 19% of affected businesses lost money and valuable data as a direct result of a cyber attack. However, attacks don’t have to be successful to be disruptive. Twice as many of those affected businesses (39%) experienced a negative impact as a result. This included having staff time diverted, needing to put new measures in place and business disruption.
Businesses assuming that they have the in-house expertise needed to avoid the most common cyber security threats – such as phishing, viruses, hacking and ransomware – may be sadly mistaken.
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