While we’ve always been told of the threats to our personal data, but it’s easy to assume that the businesses we trust are able to protect it. Following the TalkTalk cyber-attack last year, the Government’s Cyber Governance Health Check set out to discover just how well our information is defended.
The research conducted by the Cyber Security Breaches Survey has revealed that two thirds of large British businesses have experienced a cyber-attack in the last 12 months, with almost a quarter of firms experiencing a breach at least once a month.
Whilst these figures are staggering in themselves, the report also found that seven of ten attacks featured malware, viruses and spyware and were preventable with the proper cyber security protocols. Only a fifth of businesses understood the dangers of sharing information with third parties, despite the fact that half of the top FTSE 350 businesses considering hacking as their biggest threat.
In light of the findings, businesses are now being urged to better protect themselves. Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said:
“Too many firms are losing money, data and consumer confidence with the vast number of cyber attacks. It's absolutely crucial businesses are secure and can protect data. As a minimum, companies should take action by adopting the Cyber Essentials scheme which will help them protect themselves.”
Vigilance, digital protection and monitoring of systems can ensure that firms are aware of, and defended against, potential threats. Cyber security is now an essential aspect to any business, with Cyber Essentials accreditation now compulsory for all British businesses, and it's exactly this that we can help with.