46 per cent of businesses experienced a cyber breach or attack in past year

Nearly half of all UK businesses identified at least one cyber security breach or attack in the last 12 months, according to a new report.

The Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2017 also revealed that the most common types of breaches related to employees receiving fraudulent emails.

However, the report suggested that businesses could be doing more to protect themselves from cyber attacks as just 58 per cent of companies sought information, advice or guidance on the cyber security threats facing their organisations over the past year.

And less than one third (29 per cent) made specific board members responsible for cyber security.

Roger Rawlinson, managing director at NCC Group, suggested the results of the survey show that although awareness is rising, there is still an ‘it won’t happen to us’ attitude being adopted by companies.

“Cyber security and the associated risk mitigation is a board’s responsibility. Directors must be fully accountable,” he added.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport commissioned the survey as part of the National Cyber Security Programme. It was carried out by Ipsos MORI, in partnership with the Institute for Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth and comprised of a telephone survey of more than 1,500 UK businesses and 30 in-depth interviews.

The full report can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/cyber-security-breaches-survey-2017

Published date:  20 April 2017

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