40% of UK businesses experienced a cyber attack last year

The Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has published results from their annual survey on cyber security breaches, reporting that almost 40% of businesses had a cyber security breach or attack in the last 12 months.

During the pandemic, cyber crime has been at an all-time high with criminals prying on those working from home, using personal devices, not keeping on top of their updates and using less secure connections.

There’s a myth that protecting a business from cyber crime is costly, time-consuming or too complicated.

The reality is that businesses can greatly improve their resilience by starting with just a few simple steps that are often free.

29% of charities had a cyber security attack in the last 12 months.

We know that with many donors short of cash during the pandemic and charity shops still closed, a large number of charities are already struggling. An attack when an organisation is already in a vulnerable position could have a noticeable impact on the support they can offer.

Did you know we have free resources for charities at the NEBRC? Read our guidance, hints and tips tailored to not-for-profits: https://www.nebrcentre.co.uk/charities

Phishing is the most commonly identified cyber attack.

According to the DCMS, among the businesses suffering a cyber attack, 83% had phishing attacks. This is where criminals send out messages asking recipients to click a link and then install malicious software on their devices.

The good news is it is relatively easy to prevent a phishing attack from becoming successful. The key is making your team aware of what to look out for. Recent phishing scams have included fake covid vaccination invitations , online dating fraud and pretend tax rebate messages allegedly from HMRC.

Regularly reminding your team not to click on links in unexpected emails and can help protect against phishing.

14% of businesses train staff on cyber security.

Those who are taking preventative action before a data breach occurs stand themselves in good stead should their business be targeted.

We can help train your staff on how to spot, avoid and protect against attacks. Our Top Tips for Staff e-learning package is FREE as part of our core membership.

77% of businesses say that cyber security remains a high priority for their directors or senior managers.

The survey showed that business leaders are taking the high level of cyber security breaches seriously and recognise that they need to take action.

When you consider the prevalence of attacks, protecting against cyber criminals is business critical to ensure that daily operations can continue.

If you are a leader in your organisation and need help deciding on the specific steps to take to better your cyber security, contact as at enquires@nebrcentre.co.uk.

You can see the full results from the report on the Government’s website