Cyber attacks in the UK have risen significantly in recent years, with a small UK business hacked every twenty seconds.
Cyber security is paramount to all companies, with hackers finding new methods and attacks becoming harder to spot. Around 65,000 cyber crimes are attempted in the UK daily, with approximately 4,500 being successful.
While many homes and personal computers will have taken steps towards cyber security, it is even more crucial for businesses, particularly those with sensitive and confidential data, to regularly review their cyber security plan.
We are all familiar with the concept of scam emails and computer viruses, but the threat posed by elaborate cyber attacks has the potential to be catastrophic for businesses. Here we look at the types of cyber attacks and the risks involved.
An example of a fake BBC news site used to target politicians shows how real the threat of cyber attacks is. Politicians rely on an ever-increasing amount of technology and software; therefore, cyber security in politics is a consistent area of concern.
While this attack appeared to target those involved in energy production, similar cyber attacks have resulted in the theft and sale of classified military documents. The military is as entwined in cyberspace as the rest of the world, and dealing with classified information makes them high on the target list for professional, organised hacking groups.
Protection against unauthorised access to computer systems and databases significantly reduces the risk of UK-wide cyber damage.
With many organisations holding millions of pieces of sensitive data in cyberspace, it is not only substantial companies at risk of cyber attacks. The hacking of banks, medical bodies and councils could affect millions of people.
Implementing cybersecurity policies across businesses ensures all system users are operating safely while vigilant and aware of potential risks.
Reducing your exposure to cyber attacks is critical to protecting your infrastructure. Doing nothing is no longer an option, you can protect your organisation, and your reputation by establishing basic cyber defences to ensure your organisation isn’t added to the list of cyber victims.
The infographic below by the National Cyber Security Centre outlines four steps you organisation should be taking to mitigate a cyber attack, the National Cyber Security Centre also offers free cyber security training.
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