Over the past 12 months many UK businesses have fallen victim to cyber-attacks, each costing them thousands of pounds according to new data.
The 2018 Cyber Security Breaches Survey found 43 per cent of businesses had reported cyber security breaches or attacks through 2017-2018 to date.
The most common breaches or attacks involved fraudulent emails, attempts by scammers to impersonate the organisation online and viruses and malware.
Files were temporarily or permanently lost, software or systems corrupted, businesses have websites slowed or taken down with money, assets and intellectual property stolen.
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Ciaran Martin, chief executive of the National Cyber Security Centre, a part of GCHQ, said: “Cyberattacks can inflict serious commercial damage and reputational harm, but most campaigns are not highly sophisticated.
“Companies can significantly reduce their chances of falling victim by following simple cybersecurity steps to remove basic weaknesses.”
Digital minister Margot James said: “We are strengthening the UK’s data protection laws to make them fit for the digital age, but these new figures show many organisations need to act now to make sure the personal data they hold is safe and secure.”
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